Charles TANNOCK (UK, ECR) shares his views on a possibility of no-deal Brexit, underlining that the EU27 top negotiator Michel Barnier has no mandate to re-open the endorsed Article 50 deal. MEP also explains the need to keep the ‘backstop‘ as a part of the UK-EU deal, guaranteeing avoidance of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Tannock privileges a ‘soft‘ Brexit scenario, preserving economic benefits though a transition period, allowing economies to adjust to new realities. (From European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg)
Joachim STARBATTY MEP (Germany, ECR) criticised Chancellor Merkel silence, while no-deal Brexit “catastrophe” is looming. It is impossible to leave under WTO rules, he said. “Nigel Farage is not an economist, he does not understand what he is talking about”. The deal is imperative MEP added, otherwise huge damages to economies are inevitable. “We have to talk about it“, he continued. “Our politicians are sitting on too “high horse”, STARBATTY concluded, calling them to abandon their claims of superiority, and come closer to real life.
Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland Leo Varadkar said he believes the European Union will strike a deal with Britain to smooth its exit from the bloc, even as Dublin continues its preparations for all outcomes, including a no deal.
“As things stand, the UK will leave the EU on March 29, six weeks from now, with or without an agreement. I believe we will strike a deal,” Varadkar said in a speech on January 13.
Meanwhile the European Commission press person said Britain has not requested a Brexit delay and that any such extension of negotiating time before the divorce could not be open-ended but leading to a concrete result.
During a regular news midday briefing in Brussels, Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas explained an extension of the Article 50 exit process, should be approved unanimously by all the other 27 EU member states to be granted.
However Schinas underlined that such a request of extension of the deadline has not been received yet.
The EU top negotiator Michel Barnier made a remark on his determination to keep Brexit transparent.
The United Kingdom needs to formalise changes to Brexit deal’s Irish border backstop such as a time limit and an exit mechanism, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.
“Some of the ideas that the prime minister has mentioned in the House do seem sensible,” Johnson, told BBC radio. “I think you would need a time limit.”
“I think I would want to look very carefully at what was being proposed and it would have to give the United Kingdom a UK-sized exit from the backstop,” he said.
“The most promising way forward is to do what is called the Malthouse compromise. The exciting thing about this is that it actually has the support of colleagues on both sides.” he added.
A new party aiming to struggle for Article 50 implementation and subsequent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union in accordance with the result of the referendum has been registered with the Electoral Commission today by the Member of the European Parliament Nigel Farage,
The group, called “The Brexit Party“, could attract Conservative activists disillusioned with Prime minister Theresa May handling of the withdrawal.
The party could start activities if EU departure is delayed from its scheduled date of March 29, with ex-UKIP chair Nigel Farage likely to seek a return to leadership.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph Mr.Farage claimed “a significant amount of money has been pledged to the Brexit Party if it is forced to take part in an election”.
“The engine is running,” he wrote. “In defence of democracy, we stand ready for battle.”
The European Union promised to cooperate with the British Prime minister Theresa May on “whether a way through can be found” to avoid the disruption of a no-deal Brexit after her visit to Brussels on Feburary, 7. However the EU Council president Donald Tusk admitted that there is “no break-through in sight“. The note about it was made in his Twitter micro blog.
Meanwhile the European Parliament speaker Antonio Tajani warned that ‘no-deal’ will be a “catastrophe“.
Theresa May ensured her government will deliver Brexit “on time”, and she will continue to negotiate with the EU in coming days.
The EU promised more talks on Brexit issue to avoid no-deal scenario, but there are no signs for readiness to re-negotiate the deal, endorsed by the EU Council the end last year.
Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on February 7 to inform the European Union leaders they must accept legally binding changes to the Irish border arrangements of the Article 50 deal or face the prospect of a disorderly no-deal Brexit.
The EU denies re-negotiation of the deal, or introduction of any changes. The 27 bloc chief negotiator Michel Barnier repeating this position on multiple occasions.
EU Council president Donald Tusk expressed hope of breaking the deadlock over Irish border, however there he did not indicated a possibility for the bloc to adjust its position to the UK demands.
President Tusk did not consider necessary to show the slightest respect to British democracy, sending to hell all those, who “promoted” Brexit, in reality meaning scornful of the direct democracy. He did not bother to mention that it was the EU27 who turned the UK departure into ordeal. Rephrasing his Tweet, undoubtedly there is a place in hell for people like Mr.Tusk himself who do not respect the people’s vote. Mr.Tusk is unelected bureaucrat, selected and promoted in an obscure procedure with white smoke coming out of chimney: “Habemus papam”.