Brexit Article 50: Tusk to ask EU to consider long extension
European Council President Donald Tusk has mentioned he’s going to enchantment to EU leaders “to be open to a long extension” of the Brexit time limit, if the United Kingdom wishes to reconsider its technique and get consensus.
His intervention got here as UK MPs have been set to vote on in search of to put off the 29 March time limit to 30 June.
EU leaders meet in Brussels on 21 March and they might have the general say.
Prime Minister Theresa May has mentioned that if her Brexit deal isn’t licensed an extended extension is also important.
After two resounding defeats within the House of Commons, she is going to make every other strive to push her Withdrawal Agreement with the EU via subsequent week.
All 27 different EU countries would have to agree to an extension, and Mr Tusk, who’s the bloc’s summit chairman, will hang talks with a number of leaders forward of subsequent week’s Brussels assembly.
While European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted that any postponement “should be complete before the European elections” on the finish of May, Mr Tusk made transparent an extended prolong was once at the playing cards.
Mr Tusk mentioned previous this yr that the EU’s hearts have been nonetheless open to the United Kingdom if it modified its thoughts about Brexit. He provoked an offended response from pro-Brexit supporters when he mentioned there was once a “special place in hell” for many who had promoted Brexit “without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely”.
So at this an important level, what do Europe’s leaders take into accounts extending Article 50, the two-year treaty provision that the United Kingdom invoked on 29 March 2017?
Germany shedding religion however prepared to lend a hand
Jenny Hill in Berlin
“A lot of the trust is gone.” Among industry and political figures in Berlin, there is rising frustration, even anger, at tendencies in Britain.
Nevertheless, Germany is most probably to do all it could to lend a hand facilitate the orderly Brexit which Angela Merkel insists remains to be conceivable.
The German chancellor would possibly not be drawn publicly on whether or not she would strengthen an extension to Article 50, however it is extensively permitted right here that she and her executive can be prepared accomplish that.
There are those that consider that strengthen must be conditional upon Britain’s talent to define its causes and expectancies sooner than such an extension is granted. And there are vital considerations in regards to the affect of an extended extension upon the EU elections however Germany’s pursuits lie in warding off a no-deal Brexit – and the wear and tear that would wreak at the German economic system.
Its executive will do what it could to reach that intention.
Dr Norbert Roettgen, who chairs the overseas affairs committee, advised Britain and the EU to take their time.
“Everything is hectic, hysterical, unclear. Let’s slow down and try to get a clear head,” he mentioned. “The world will not end if we all take time for a breather, focus on important points.”
“If we try to rush a result now it will definitely go wrong.”
France will call for difficult stipulations
Hugh Schofield in Paris
As a “frontline” nation which successfully stocks a border with the United Kingdom – thank you to the Channel Tunnel – France has extra to concern than maximum from a no-deal Brexit.
Yet when it comes to granting London extra time, President Emmanuel Macron is anticipated to insist on stipulations.
He won’t approve an extension if it merely approach taking out the ache.
A “technical” extension of a couple of weeks can be a very simple topic, in accordance to Elvire Fabry of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.
Even if the House of Commons had licensed Theresa May’s plan on Tuesday, such an extension would almost definitely were inevitable, and mechanically licensed on the EU summit subsequent week.
“But a longer extension poses all sorts of problems. No-one is comfortable with the idea of the UK taking part in the EU elections in May. It would be a most unwelcome distraction,” Ms Fabry mentioned.
“So for a longer extension there would have to be a very clear and precise objective written in – for example new elections in the UK or a new referendum.”
She mentioned that Brussels “was pretty favourable” to the theory – however in the previous couple of days issues had modified.
“No-one over here is saying, ‘let’s just get it over with and have a No Deal.’ That fatigue seems to be gaining ground in the UK, but not in Europe.”
“Here everyone is exhausted and impatient – but we feel there is nothing much more we can do. It’s the Brits who have to sort this out among themselves.”
Poland says anything else however No Deal
Adam Easton in Warsaw
“The British people have decided the UK should leave, it should be concluded. Otherwise it would be a humiliation.”
That’s how one MEP from the governing birthday celebration, Ryszard Legutko, put it, including: “A second referendum or too long an extension would also be a humiliation”.
Top officers are a bit extra delicate.
Poland’s overseas minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, has mentioned the United Kingdom would possibly want a bit extra time.
“We are watching what is happening in the UK – the votes, there are certain expectations about how they will end. Maybe we will need to… extend this period a bit, maybe a little more time is needed for reflection,” he advised newshounds within the Polish parliament.
“From our point of view a no-deal Brexit is the worst solution.”
For Warsaw, securing the rights of the estimated a million Poles dwelling in the United Kingdom has at all times been and stays the #1 precedence, and the 2 governments are in “constant contact”.
But Poland is hoping for a deal and a easy transition duration. That’s as a result of the United Kingdom is Poland’s third-largest gross sales marketplace.
Netherlands waits and hopes for the most efficient
Anna Holligan in Rotterdam
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok has advised the BBC his nation would glance “with benevolence” at any request to prolong Article 50. But “without a clear goal an extension won’t solve anything”, he warned.
The mantra “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” underpins the Dutch way, and Mr Blok was once at an tournament showcasing the federal government’s arrangements for a no-deal go out.
“I’m looking forward to any solution that will solve the problem, but that has to come from London now.”
The Dutch by no means sought after the United Kingdom to go away the EU however revered its selection. Now they view any conceivable extension a bit like tearing off a sticking plaster. Ideally it must be accomplished abruptly to get the ache over with.
“We’re living in the reality Brexit has dealt us”, says overseas business minister Sigrid Kaag, gesturing against a circulate of vans trundling on to a ferry sure for the United Kingdom port of Felixstowe.
“(The Netherlands) is your natural gateway to Europe. With a stable government. We’re not sitting idle, we’re not panicking, we’re getting ready for any eventuality.”
Italy says: ‘Tell us what you wish to have’
James Reynolds in Rome
Italy would strengthen an extension of Article 50 on two stipulations:
- If the United Kingdom explains precisely what it desires
- If the United Kingdom says precisely how long it desires to prolong for
Italy believes that the United Kingdom executive is authentic when it says it does not need No Deal, a senior Italian legitimate, who requested now not to be named, advised the BBC.
But, on the similar time, Italy isn’t shy about making ready for No Deal. In the following few days, the federal government is hoping to go a package deal of rules aimed toward addressing its priorities : electorate’ rights, monetary balance, lend a hand for companies.
Next week, the Rome executive expects to roll out a sequence of data periods in ports across the nation to provide an explanation for how No Deal would paintings.