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EU drafts Brexit Delay
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In documents seen by Al-Sahawat Times the EU is set to agree further Brexit delays of one year, but could kick UK out on June 1, 2019!
The European Union will grant Britain another delay to Brexit on certain conditions, including that it holds European Parliament elections, and continues financial and political contributions, according to a draft statement by the bloc’s national leaders, who are due to decide on the matter in a few hours times. (Current time: Tuesday 9 April 2019 23:16 BST)
The EU would cut Britain off on June 1 if it failed to honour that condition or failed to keep up with other obligations such as financial payments – but so far the draft conclusions have left the end-date of the postponement blank before national diplomats discuss them later in the evening in Brussels.
According to the draft seen by Al-Sahawat Times, the EU will agree “an extension to allow for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement”. It could be cut short if both the EU and Britain ratify the Brexit deal before it runs its course.
The main contention point for expulsion from the EU would be if the UK failed to correctly take part in the EU elections or was seen to try and disrupt the elections.
The EU will demand that Britain’s extended stay in the bloc cannot undermine its key institutions.
“If the UK is still a member of the EU on 23-26 May 2019 and if it has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2019, it must hold the elections to the European Parliament in accordance with Union law,” the draft said.
“If the United Kingdom fails to live up to this obligation, the withdrawal will take place on 1 June 2019.”
“The United Kingdom shall facilitate the achievement of the Union’s tasks and refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the Union’s objectives,” it added.
Several EU diplomats said that the 12-month extension proposed by European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair the Wednesday summit, was unlikely to fly and several capitals have agreed with France that that would be too long.
Instead, they said that the Brexit lag could go until the end of June or the end of the year but that the 27 national leaders in the bloc would have the final say on Wednesday.
In a letter to EU leaders ahead of the summit, Tusk said that granting a flexible extension of a year, with the option of leaving earlier, would prevent the risk of a rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits and give Britain time to rethink its strategy.
EU leaders are now split between those who want to end the agony as soon as possible and those who think only a long recess could give enough time to the UK to sort out its political crisis. Any decision must be taken by unanimity on Wednesday.
The EU “reiterates that there can be no opening of the Withdrawal Agreement” and that “such an extension cannot be used to start negotiations on the future relationship”, according to the draft text, which can still change on Wednesday.
In short the EU will still not renegotiate their deal offered to the UK which the UK rejected, three times. Leaving the UK only two options from the EU point of view no deal or their deal.
The draft did stress the EU was ready to upgrade the political declaration setting out the blueprint of the new EU-UK deal after Brexit should London so wish.
In short the idea of a soft Brexit could be formed, but only if the UK left with the EU’s deal and then upgraded after Brexit. Not before.
“During the extension, the United Kingdom will remain a member state with full rights and obligations… and … has a right to revoke its (leave) notification at any time,” it read.
Recent polls suggest a growing majority of Brits no support remaining in the EU with the latest polls presented by Actor Stephen Fry this week showing a 54-46 majority Remain and growing fast.
Last week the UK announced that riot police and the Army were being readied for any riots or civil unrest they are predicting when the UK inevitably crashed out of the EU in political and economic suicide.
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