Another Brexit Postponement – Reasons?
In order to avoid crashing out of EU by the end of the week, British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday as a last resort. Merkel and May did not speak to the media after their talk in Berlin. Merkel wants to work “until the last hour” to avoid a “no deal” Brexit.
Although May’s spokesperson said Britain had “engaged constructively through this process and you can expect the UK to continue to do so”.
May will also meet French President Macron in Paris to ask the bloc’s support for the Brexit delay request for another time. But there is a possibility from him to reject the delay request as it is simply futile for this uncertainty to prolong. May hopes that EU leaders, at the summit today, will postpone Brexit from 12th April to 30th June. This would give her more time to get the deal through British parliament.
Britain is thought to be requesting another short delay in an attempt to avoid taking part in the EU Parliament election in the upcoming month. Whereas EU leaders are expected to offer a much longer postponement. The EU Council president, Donald Tusk’s office issued a statement offering a “flexible” extension of up to a year. It also gave Britain an “option” to leave whenever it finds an earlier way. However, there has not been an agreement on this flexible offer.
Although British MP’s have rejected the text, May’s government is still talking with Labour party to find a way out of this deadlock. The EU has already granted a delay to Britain. The discussions are still very slow even though the original Brexit deadline of March 29th has already passed. And now the EU wants to know why does Britain want another extension.
May must explain in Brussels what another postponement would achieve.
It is for her to bring the roadmap.
– Michel Barnier, EU Negiotator
EU thinks it would not be their fault if the UK crashed this week, risking economic turmoil. EU ministers are clearly frustrated as it can also be seen in EU Negotiator Michel Barnier’s statement to reporters after their meeting in Luxembourg.
“No deal will never be the EU’s decision, it will always be the responsibility of the United Kingdom to tell us what it wants,”
Michel Barnier, EU Negotiator
Britain Confused, EU Frustrated
It has been almost 3 years since the referendum vote for Brexit was conducted. Still, the British MP’s cannot decide how to leave and this is making EU Ministers frustrated. EU is also worried that British representatives will disrupt budget planning & reforms during indefinite Brexit talks. Germany’s European minister Michael Roth spoke about the mounting frustration after his arrival in Luxembourg.
“We are in a very, very frustrating situation here,”
Michael Roth, Germany’s European Minister
His French counterpart Amelie de Monchalin also shared a similar concern.
“we want to understand what the UK needs this extension for”. “And then comes the question of the conditions of what role we’d want the UK to play during this extension time,”
Amelie de Monchalin
Although British MP’s have rejected the text, May’s government is still talking with Labour party to find a way out of this deadlock. May hopes that there will be progress with Labour party however Jeremy Corbyn seems to be waiting for signs of compromise.
“The problem is that the government doesn’t seem to be moving off the original red lines,
Meanwhile, May’s senior ministers have met with Corbyn’s team to continue the talks. Jeremy Corbyn wants the UK to agree on a new custom’s arrangement with the EU. This could be included in the text which may have already been agreed upon with Brussels for future relationships with the EU. However, May’s MP’s are against the idea of closer ties with the bloc as it would undermine the potential of Brexit.