In the dispute over a Brexit shift, France is threatened with a veto. Secretary of State Jean-Yves Le Drian In the National Assembly, if British Prime Minister Theresa May fails to present "sufficient guarantees" for the credibility of her strategy at the EU summit, France would prefer Britain to leave the EU without an agreement.
may The EU had previously asked for a Brexit postponement until the end of June. The EU summit will deal with the issue of disputes on Thursday in Brussels. Elyséekreise had previously warned that a possible Brexit postponement was not a matter of course for the government in Paris. Britain needed to come up with a plan on how to use the time gained. An extension is only possible if all EU countries agree.
Different to France The Federal Government welcomed the request of the British Prime Minister for a postponement. "This is the basis on which the EU-27 can respond Thursday and Friday," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. The application will certainly be discussed intensively at the European Council. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, however, made clear that May had to make clear what a shift should bring. "We'd like to know where that leads," he said. "We have always said that if the council is to decide on a deadline extension for Great Britain, we would like to know why, why, why." With the request of the British Prime Minister Theresa May for a delay alone, the problem was not solved, but postponed at best.
British Parliament President John Bercow announced today that Wednesday an emergency session of the House of Commons. The debate will take up to three hours. EU Council President Donald Tusk wants to deliver an opinion at 17.00.
May had justified the desire for an extension of time by saying that the withdrawal Great Britain could not be completed before the 29th of March. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain should leave the Union by the European elections on 23 May. If the deadline was pushed further back, it would lead to institutional difficulties and legal uncertainties, the commission said.
In a telephone conversation with May he had urged that Britain must take part in the election, if the EU would only leave at the end of June. May wants to bring the Brexit agreement, negotiated with the EU, to parliament for a third time. She made clear in the House of Commons her intention to complete the withdrawal from the EU by the end of June. A prolonged delay would only lead to Parliament "endless hours" navel show United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union membership referendum run. Opposition Labor MP Angela Eagle said May should stop running against the wall with her downed deal and her head, seeking bipartisan support for a new Brexit strategy.