Jean-Claude Juncker expects Britons in the European elections | TIME ONLINE


According to Jean-Claude Juncker, the votes of the British will be counted in the European elections at the end of May. The President of the European Commission is expecting Britain to vote in the election. "Brits are likely to still be in the European Union on the day of the European elections, and then the EU Treaty states that EU citizens in all Member States have the right to vote in the European elections," Juncker told the Funke Media Group. "We can not now punish the citizens that the British did not manage to quit on the agreed date."

The EU granted Britain a new deadline for withdrawal from the EU by 31 October last week. Juncker called the lower house to agree to the withdrawal contract until then. The British should "use the time until the postponed exit date and not waste again," said the European Commission chief. "There must be an end to this Brexit nagging."

Great Britain should have actually left the EU on 29 March. But the British Parliament has already rejected the exit treaty negotiated with the EU three times. Prime Minister Theresa May still hopes to avert a disorderly EU exit. Her government is currently negotiating with the opposition Labor Party for a way out of the Brexit impasse to an exit without deal to avoid.

Accept agreements in stoppage time

The danger of a disorderly exit of the British Juncker sees also in view of the renewed Brexit postponement not banned. "The fear still exists that it comes to a hard Brexit without contractual arrangements," said Juncker. For this case, the EU Commission President with long-lasting economic dampening effects. "The best solution would be for the British to accept the withdrawal agreement in the now agreed stoppage time."

Renegotiations on the exit agreement, which had failed several times in the British Parliament excluded Juncker. Only the accompanying political statement on future relations could be talked about. The EU must be gentle and hard United Kingdom and Gibraltar European Union membership referendum to be prepared. "In any case, the exit will have negative consequences – for the British more than for the EU." There would be no solution in the sense of the single market.

may wanted to maintain as much of its country's access to the EU internal market for goods as possible even after it left the country. However, after the Brexit referendum, the 27 Member States quickly took the strategic decision to preserve the integrity of the single market at all costs. The EU also remained tough on the internal market in the subsequent negotiations. For the UK, this means that after leaving the country, it will be treated as a third country without preferential treatment. "The responsibility for this I see one hundred percent on the British side," Juncker said the newspaper report.