European Council President Donald Tusk said he’d advocate that European leaders take the United Kindom’s petition for a Brexit expansion following a vital vote at the UK Parliament made it improbable the country will leave the EU from October 31.
British MPs voted Tuesday evening in favor of progressing Brexit legislation into another phase in Parliament however refused the government’s accelerated timeline for the bill that could have it pass the House of Commons from Thursday.
Johnson stated he’d pause the Brexit laws and said the EU should determine how to make up their heads on the expansion.
“I will talk to EU member countries about their goals until they’ve reached an option. Until they’ve reached a decision, I have to say we’ll pause this law,” Johnson told the House of Commons.
Tusk tweeted in light of Johnson’s”choice to terminate the procedure” and”to avert a no-deal Brexit” which he’d urge that EU leaders”take the UK petition for an expansion.”
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated it was”welcome which the House of Commons voted by a transparent majority in favor of laws required to reevaluate Withdrawal Agreement”.
“We shall now await additional improvements from London and Brussels about following steps involving timetable for the laws and the demand for an expansion,” Varadkar explained.
A European Commission spokesperson tweeted that the EU” takes note” of this consequence of the vote and anticipates the UK authorities to”tell us concerning the upcoming steps”.
However, Barnier told the European Parliament earlier in the afternoon which the transition period might go past December 2020.
Reacting to Nigel Farage’s remarks, Barnier stated: “we need to pay beyond Brexit along with also the separation, the divorce. We might need to pay for you, two, or three decades, possibly more in certain areas to construct around again everything that’s been reversed by people who affirmed Brexit.”
Nonetheless, it isn’t clear whether European Union leaders may encourage an extension to the United Kingdom, particularly after Johnson gave what some predicted a contradictory message from sending two letters into the EU: you requesting an expansion and another arguing from you.
Speaking before the Senate on Thursday, French Deputy Minister for European Affairs Amelie p Montchalin stated Paris was prepared to give a”technical” expansion for”a couple of days” so that the UK parliament could finish the ratification procedure but could oppose a wider extension designed to”rediscuss the arrangement.”
I’m thinking: just another 3 weeks listening to Farage.”