British Prime minister Theresa May asked for further delay of Brexit deadline to June 30, meaning the EU is facing a dilemma of the admittance of the UK in participation in the upcoming European elections (end May 2019). The prolongation beyond April 11 also indicates that Britons will imperatively participate in the European elections as the EU Treaty stipulates.
The European politicians have already expressed concerns about further delay negatives effects, which could lead to “hijacking” of the elections by Brexit crisis, creating a protracted situation of instability. An extension beyond delay, given already, could be granted on condition of endorsement of the Brexit deal only, previously the EU executives underlined. They have been cultivating an opinion within the EU institution, that any further delay without a clear purpose and schedule is not conducive to European agenda, blocking many significant developments within the EU27.
European Union officials believe that a departure of the UK from the block without an agreement is “increasingly likely”, EU officials said after the organisation have gaven Britain a fortnight to resolve the political stalemate, however there are doubts that the additional time would be a remedy.
“The last week set out a clear path for . Up to UK to chose which road to take. The EU is ready for all options. Preparedness plans for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12th April now completed” wrote European Commission spokesperson in his Twitter micro blog.
The EU27 has offered to the UK a number of options to resolve Brexit crisis, including revoking article 50, long extension in case of no-deal votes next week, or disorderly departure.
In case next week the Westminster rejects the deal the third time, the EU offers an extension to 12 April to give the UK space to produce another plan, choosing between possibilities put forward today.
Nigel Farage, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and leading Breixt enthusiast expressed his indignation by the decision of the Westminster to delay the departure from the European Union.
The reaction came after House of Commons voted for the motion to delay of the Article 50 deadline fixed on March 29.
The European Parliament representative for Brexit talks Guy Verhofstadt said there can not be a deadline extension beyond March 29 in absence of clarity of the position of the majority in House of Commons. The statement was made after consultations with Michel Barnier the EU chief negotiator.
Guy Verhofstad MEP warned off the European elections ‘hijacked‘by Brexit crisis, replacing political debate on European issues by political struggle in Westminster.
Brexit could be reversed if lawmakers reject the government’s Article 50 deal, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Sunday March 10 after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a heavy defeat.
Prime Minister Theresa May attempts to convince the European Union to make “just one more push” to break an impasse on Article 50 deal to obtain the Westminster backing of her government’s Agreement next week, which is considered by many experts as an ultimate ‘last-minute’ fix. May also underlined that voting deal down next week, might mean the whole variety of options from Brexit delay to not leaving the bloc at all.
The EU decision-making process does not allow to re-open the negotiations process, only complementary political declarations are possible to add to the Article 50 deal. The EU executives made it clear the end last year, and repeated continuously: “that is the deal”.
Meanwhile EU Ambassadors in Brussels were summoned to a meeting on Brexit, including the no-deal scenario.