Shortly before the beginning of the EU Special Summit this Wednesday in Brussels, it is already foreseeable that the date for the British EU exit will be postponed for several months. According to information from the German Press Agency, a majority at a preparatory meeting of the EU ambassadors proposed offering the British a stay until 31 December or 1 March. Only France is said to have expressed skepticism.
The British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to ask for a postponement until June 30 at the summit. Many EU countries are skeptical, however, because they fear that the British can not settle their domestic conflicts by this date. May had last failed three times to bring her negotiated exit agreement with the EU through parliament.
EU sets clear conditions
The EU intends to make the Brexit extension conditional. Should Great Britain to be a member of the EU after 22 May and the Brexit Treaty
previously did not agree, the British would have the following day at the
Participate in European elections. Otherwise, the country would go to June 1 without
Withdraw contract from the EU. This is to ensure that there are no legal difficulties if Britain should still be a member of the EU in the summer but has not elected any MPs.
In addition, Member States want the UK government to commit itself to no longer actively intervene in EU decisions. This could be relevant, for example, in the appointment of the next EU Commission President or in the negotiations on the EU Financial Framework for the years 2021 to the end of 2027.
The EU also wants to reaffirm that the Brexit agreement, which May had negotiated with the EU, will not be reopened. In addition, Britain must agree to act "constructive" and "responsible" until the final exit, according to the preliminary summit statement. The country must refrain from anything that endangers the achievement of the EU's goals.
If both sides accept the Brexit treaty before the new deadline expires, according to the paper, Britain could leave the EU sooner than planned. The EU withdrawal would take effect on the 1st day of the following month.