Reflecting upon the third Westminster negative vote on the endorsed by the EU Article 50 Agreement, president of the European Council Donald Tusk calls for a Summit of the heads of states and governments in Brussels on April 10.
Earlier the same day on March 29 House of Commons have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU. The document has been negotiated for two years.
The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58.
From now onward the European Commission prepares for no-deal Brexit.
On March 28 the Commons Leader, Andrea Leadsom, revealed the government would give MPs another vote on Friday March 29, the day initially scheduled for the UK departure from the EU, but the Westminster has not come to an agreement on the way to leave the bloc.
According to the BBC News Theresa May government has tabled a motion to be debated in the Commons on March 29.
However unlike previous votes on Article 50 Agreement, where MPs have been considering the deal endorsed by the EU, the third vote would include “one or two elements”.
“Part one is the withdrawal agreement – the legally binding document that sets out the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU. This includes a settlement, details of a transition period for after we leave and protections for citizens’ rights. It also includes the controversial backstop, or the insurance policy that aims to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland.”
“Part two is the political declaration – non-legally binding document that outlines plans for the future relationship between the UK and the bloc after exit day.” BBC News reports.
Theresa May in her passionate plea ensured that she is prepared to quit for the sake of the deal her government proposed.
However DUP leader Arlene Foster repeated her party it not going to support the deal for the reasons expressed twice in debate for the previous votes.
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.
“The European Council will start on Thursday (21.03.2019) afternoon with our usual exchange with President Tajani. We will then turn to Prime Minister May who will share her assessment of the latest developments regarding Brexit. After this, we will discuss the next steps concerning Brexit at 27″ Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council wrote in his open letter.
In the statement president Tusk underlined “..even if the hope for a final success may seem frail, even illusory, and although Brexit fatigue is increasingly visible and justified, we cannot give up seeking – until the very last moment – a positive solution, of course without opening up the Withdrawal Agreement. We have reacted with patience and goodwill to numerous turns of events, and I am confident that, also now, we will not lack the same patience and goodwill, at this most critical point in this process.”
“I believe that we could consider a short extension conditional on a positive vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons. The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension. Prime Minister May’s proposal, of the 30th of June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a legal and political nature”, Tusk continued, adding that the issues would be discussed during the European Council Summit #EUCO.
Theresa May announced June 30 as a new deadline for Brexit to be requested at the upcoming European Union Summit on 21-22 March in Brussels.
The leader of a recently established Brexit party, Member of European Parliament, Nigel Farage has immediately reacted on a new deadline, insisting there should not be any extension “in first place”. He also requested the guarantees that the new deadline would be respected: “why should we believe her?” Farage wrote in his Tiwtter micro blog.
AMENDED: According to President of the European Commission press-person the telephone consultation between him and Prime Minister Theresa May are ongoing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will request a “short delay” for departure of the UK from the EU in a letter to the European Council on March 20, Sky News cited an s senior government source. The move is feared by the Leavers to become a first step in a sequence of events leading to de facto cancellation the results of the Brexit referendum.
The request of delay, almost three years since Britons voted in referendum to leave the European Union, leads to the Brexit uncertainty with options of the a sequence of delays, mounting up to next five years of negotiations to produce a meaningful and mutually acceptable Article 50 Agreement. Some experts consider the delay in reality might become open-ended, without any definite deadline to respect, but causing by obligation of the UK to participate in the upcoming European elections, and engage in the next Brussels political cycle.
In need to postpone the formal Brexit date March 29 Prime Minister May has to apply to European Council President Donald Tusk, responsible for the EU Summit preparations to present the request to the heads of states and governments of the EU member-states on 21 of March.
However the length of the delay beyond May 24 inevitably leads to the engagement of the UK in the European elections, and the next political cycle in the EU, the move that the Leavers presume will jeopardise the entire Brexit process for years to come.
There are also concerns among the European politicians about the import the Westminster political crisis to Brussels, affecting the future of the bloc. The president of the EU Council Donald Tusk indicated via his Twitter micro blog, that ‘no-deal‘ Brexit, or the break with the UK without any agreement, is still on the cards.
The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and the British Prime minister Theresa May agreed on additional legally binding declarations on the ambivalent Irish border backstop in a last-minute effort to avoid no-deal Brexit, overcoming House of Commons skepticism.
In late night talks in Strasbourg Theresa May also met with the Members of the European Parliament, who spread a work about her request on extension of the deadline of the UK departure to 24 of May.
After the talks both parties declared the Article 50 deal improved, although no one word has been changed, but the legally binding interpretations were added.
– The EU and UK agree to swiftly start talks on a new trade deal after Brexit. They stress they do not want the backstop to kick in. Should that happen, both are “determined” to agree a different way of maintaining the open Irish border to replace it.
– The sides agree to a “regular” review of their agreements on the Irish border. They say the so-called Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, an international law on legal agreements between states, is a reference in any disputes.
– Sides will use “their best endeavors” to agree a trade deal to obviate the need for the backstop by the end of 2020.
– “A systemic refusal to take into consideration adverse proposals or interests” would amount to a breach of the EU-UK agreement.
“I hope that the House of Commons will support the agreement reached by Theresa May. There is no alternative” wrote Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte in his Twitter mico blog.