The Chaos of Brexit Falls on the European Summit in Brussels

The European Council agrees to an extension until 22 May 2019, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until 12 April 2019 and expects the United Kingdom to indicate a way forward before this date for consideration by the European Council.

“Brexit by May 22”, the EU reaches out to May. But the no-deal is one step away. British Prime Minister  Theresa May for an extension of the United Kingdom’s permanence in the EU, useful for overcoming internal resistance and finding a last-minute agreement on the terms of divorce, has sparked a jumble of conflicting opinions among the leaders of the countries members. Finally, according to the first draft of the summit conclusions, the EU could grant an extension until May 22nd.

May had officially requested an extension until June 30, while the leaders were willing to allow time until May, but before the day of the vote (23-26). And under certain conditions: “The European Council agrees to agree, before March 29, a short Brexit extension until May 22, if the divorce agreement is approved in Westminster next week. Since the UK does not intend to organize elections for the European Parliament are not possible extensions beyond that date “, reads the draft text of the conclusions on Brexit circulated among the 27 heads of state and government today in Brussels.

In essence, EU leaders are asking London to vote on a divorce agreement by the official Brexit date, March 29th. And only then can they grant the extension necessary to define the details. If this does not happen, there are two paths: or the United Kingdom participates in the European elections. Or it will be no-deal. A hypothesis, the latter, which seems increasingly concrete.

By Hülya Karahan

Editor in Chief

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The EU says it will grant the UK an extension on Brexit, but the length of that delay will depend on whether MPs agree to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.

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