British Prime Minister Theresa May opens the postponement of Brexit .

The Prime Minister formalized the proposal in hes speech to the House of Commons, announcing a parliamentary agenda marked by three steps: a vote “by 12 March”, as already foreseen, on the agreement signed with the European partners; a vote on the hypothesis of a rupture (“no-deal”) with the EU on March 13; finally, on March 14, a vote on the extension of Article 50, ie a “brief, limited postponement” of the separation from the EU beyond the official deadline of March 29th.

The third hypothesis is the most opposed by May, also in fear that London will take part in the vote of the Europeans in 2019: “What message would we give to the 17 million citizens who voted to leave the EU?” The prime minister asked. May has claimed the “good results” of the negotiations with the European partners on the question of the Irish borders, the most difficult issue to solve in order to collect the final approval of the House and its own conservative majority.

May’s goal remains to avoid a “no-deal” divorce, without agreements, judged as the most dramatic scenario for the country’s economic future. “If we can get out of the EU with an agreement – May said – We can achieve economic progress”. The postponement could mitigate the risks of a diplomatic tear, even if the unknown factor of the no-deal can not be completely excluded: “An extension can not rule out the no-deal hypothesis , she said. The only way would be to revoke Article 50, which it will not do, or to grant a covenant “.

The reaction of the Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who yesterday opened to the hypothesis of a second referendum, was immediate. Corbyn points out that “May promised a vote, but he promised it also in December, January, February, March. But there was only that of January ». Corbyn, raising disputes in the House, declared that “Labor have a credible plan” as an alternative to the one defended so far by May. Corbyn has responded to the accusation, launched by the premier, of being “back on his feet”, supporting the option of a second referendum vote on Brexit. Yvette Cooper, the Labor MP who proposed an amendment to block the no-deal, added that Parliament’s vote had already been “ignored” in the past by the premier. The scenario for divorcing the EU is even more tense, as the maturity – theoretical – approaches March 29. Conservative MEPs fear that the postponement would amount to a definite reversal on Brexit.