Gerard BATTEN MEP (UKIP) shared his views on Brexit vote in Westminster, and commented on proposals of political groups of the European Parliament to extend deadline if needed. Batten also warned against Brexit EU trap, which will make Britons an eternal vassal of Brussels.
Ahead of the vote Batten said that the best way to Brexit is just to go without any deal, and then gradually restore the sovereignty of the UK, adjusting laws to citizens needs. MEP does not believe Prime Minister Theresa May intentions to leave the EU, and deliver Brexit, he presumes that May as a Remainer will do everything in her power to tight Britons to EU forever.
The readiness to extend the deadline for Brexit has been expressed by Esteban GONZALES PONS (Spain), representing the EPP, the biggest Europarliament group, however he added that Westminster has to make up their mind before the European elections in May this year.
The leader of Greens Philippe LAMBERTS (Belgium) has a vision of the II referendum as the best solution for a current political deadlock in Westminster, highly likely to be voted down the Article 50 deal with the EU27, negotiated by Theresa MAY government.
“In these challenging times, we therefore share with you the determination to create as much certainty and clarity as possible for citizens and companies in a situation where a Member State leaves the European Union after more than four decades of closest economic and political integration. That is why the Withdrawal Agreement that you and the Leaders of the 27 EU Member States agreed after long negotiations is so important. It represents a fair compromise and aims to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, thereby limiting the negative consequences of Brexit. That is also why we wish to establish as close as possible a relationship with the United Kingdom in the future, building on the Political Declaration, which the Leaders of the 27 EU Member States agreed with you. It is also why we want negotiations to this effect to start as soon as possible after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.”
Britain began simulations for the upheaval of a no-deal Brexit by lining up 87 trucks at a little-used airport for a trip towards the United Kingdom’s most important trading gateway to continental Europe. (Image: illustration).
The group of 89 HGVs set off at 08:00 GMT from the disused Manston Airport, near Ramsgate in Kent, on a 20-mile route to the Port of Dover, the UK media reports.
At Dover, lorries were directed to the Eastern Docks roundabout where they did a loop and drove back to the airfield.
Prime minister May said that Britain would be in uncharted waters if the negotiated with the EU27 Brexit deal is rejected by the Westminster, in a vote, postponed to mid-January.
Facing defeat in parliament last month, May cancelled the vote on the agreed with the EU deal and pledged to seek further political and legal assurances from Brussels. The EU did nothing to calm the tensions, on contrary the European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker described May’s requests as “nebulous“, causing further deterioration of political climate.
Juncker also stated that the renegotiation of the deal is not possible. Many experts assess the EU27 hash position toward the UK as a deliberate ideological choice to “punish” Britons, creating a negative example for those, who might be interested to follow London on the way to exit the bloc.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will listen to British Prime Minister Theresa May update on the UK Brexit plans on December 4, Friday, a spokesperson of the relevant service said. (Image: illustration).
At present, according to polls, the majority of Conservatives in the Parliament are against the governmental deal, negotiated with the EU during last two years. The EU top executives clearly indicated there will not no re-negotiations of the deal. “That is THE DEAL!” Jean-Claude Juncker said arriving at a special EU Brexit Summit, when commenting of prospects of a “better deal” suggested by some British politicians.
The chances of the “no-deal” departure of the UK form the EU are becoming real. The experts, monitoring the situation, have noticed that the the British government has removed the word “unlikely” from its official guidance, telling companies and citizens how to prepare for a disorderly exit in case the UK leaves the bloc without a deal.
The government has issued a number of notices in recent months with advice on what needs to be done before the country leaves the EU after almost four decades of membership on March 29. (The application for joining the bloc was submitted in 1979). The notices cover all spectrum of endeavor from the transporting of organs, blood and sperm to nuclear regulation and organic food.
The notices had initially referred to a possibility of a departure without a deal as ‘unlikely’, at present the documents removed the assessment, and refer to a looming disorderly Brexit in a neural tone as “no-deal scenario“.
British government said it would implement preparations for a no-deal Brexit in full and begin telling businesses and citizens to prepare for the risk of leaving the European Union without an Article 50 Agreement.
Those preparations include setting aside space on ferries to ensure a regular flow of medical supplies and keeping 3,500 armed forces personnel ready to support the government with its contingency plans.
With just over 100 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to win the support of a deeply divided Westminster for the deal she concluded last month with EU27 to maintain close ties with the bloc, and ensure smooth transition period.
Theresa May government is not preparing for a second referendum on Brexit, ministers said on Sunday December 16, defending the text of Prime Minister’s deal with EU27, intending to get Westminster approval with a few amendments.
While May is confronted with a deadlock in House of Commons over the deal and the EU refuses to renegotiate the deal so far, more politicians are considering the possibility of the UK leaving without an agreement or a second referendum that could stop Brexit from happening.
The EU27 has prepared legal grounds to accept the UK cancellation of the request to leave the bloc under Article 50. However there is a general consensus among the UK legal experts, that the second referendum would discredit the entire mechanism of plebiscite, and should be avoided in principle, dividing referendums outcome on ‘suitable‘ and ‘unsuitable‘, thus adopt an opportunistic approach.