The Latest: Dutch leader lists Brexit issues EU is debating
The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he would like to know how British pioneer Theresa May plans to get a Brexit agreement through Parliament and assurances the U.K. will continue being a loyal European Union member until it leaves the bloc.
The conservative leader of the Netherlands is pro-European and has intimate ties to Britain. He says the debate in Brussels on Wednesday is focusing on just how long Brexit ought to be postponed, and what states the EU must attach if it agrees to some delay, and”how we can get guarantees that in the meantime, the United Kingdom will remain as a faithful spouse.”
Some European leaders say that they are inclined to grant Prime Minister Theresa May’s request to push the U.K.’s deadline for leaving the European Union.
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas says the EU”should do everything we could” to prevent the U.K. being outside of the EU with no withdrawal deal or transition period, which could occur Friday if Brexit is not postponed.
Ratas says”naturally” Estonia will encourage an extension.
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins states if Britain is asking for additional time,”I think we ought to consider giving them time”
May has requested to drive Brexit back before June 30, but a delay is favored by many in the EU of around a year to provide additional time to violate the political impasse around Brexit of the country to British politicians.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that”for me, the proposal to last until the end of March the next year’s alright.”
But French President Emmanuel Macron has cautioned that”nothing has been decided.”
French President Emmanuel Macron says”nothing is decided” on whether and the length a Brexit wait to offer Britain.
Macron is viewed as the European pioneer most strongly opposed to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for a different delay to the U.K.’s departure from the European Union.
While others voiced their willingness to give an extension until June 30 or even next year, Macron stated Wednesday in a Brexit summit in Brussels which”nothing is decided.”
Upon arriving at the summit, Macron insisted “clarity” from May on what Britain needs, and stated”nothing needs to undermine the European job.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has signaled that she is ready to accept a very long delay to Brexit if other European Union leaders insist, as long as the U.K. has the option of leaving sooner if lawmakers ratify an EU divorce agreement.
Arriving at an emergency Brexit summit in Brussels on Wednesday, May stated she”heavily discriminated” that the U.K. has not left the EU yet. European leaders in the summit are currently talking her petition to push the passing to June 30 to give more time to Britain’s feuding politicians.
But a longer expansion is favored by the bloc.
May stated:”What is significant is that any expansion enables us to depart at the point where we ratify the withdrawal agreement.”
She says she’s optimistic that may be May 22.
The Czech Republic’s prime minister says that he supports the suggestion of European Council President Donald Tusk to grant a longer delay to Britain than it’s asked from the European Union because of its passing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May visit Brussels to attend EU summit Wednesday seeking to Britain’s death for another extension, before June 30. Britain is currently scheduled to depart the EU.
Tusk has indicated a delay of up to a year, with terms attached to ensure while it stays a member Britain doesn’t stymie EU conclusion.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says that Tusk’s strategy would”calm down the situation” and give Britain time enough to choose what it wants to perform.
Babis says:”It’s a fantastic proposal.”
EU countries have become increasingly exasperated with the political branch and uncertainty in Britain.
French authorities spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye is cautioning that the chance of a no-deal Brexit still exists ahead of a European Union summit.
Ndiaye said the issue has been brought up at the Elysee palace during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, since President Emmanuel Macron was about to go to Brussels.
“The no-deal solution is clearly the one we’d want… there’s actually a risk and France is ready”, she said.
Ndiaye stated that France is open to granting an expansion into the Brexit deadline but”that this isn’t automatic.” France wants a”clean and plausible potential” from Britain and responsibilities not to endanger the EU institutions,” she explained.
She declined to offer details on the kind of extension France considers okay.
Britainpolitical parties are getting ready to do against — running Union elections.
Anti-EU figurehead Nigel Farage says that his newly formed Brexit Party will run in the elections. He states that the competition will deliver”a rebirth of busy Euroscepticism,” driven by Britons’ anger in the failure to leave the EU.
Farage’s previous party, UKIP, also states it will run candidates in most parts of the U.K.
Although the EU could provide, may is asking for a delay before June 30. Meaning Britain would have to participate in late-May elections for the European Parliament — almost three decades after the country voted to leave the bloc.
Brexit? What Brexit? British lawmakers have for the most part avoided the topic of the afternoon before Parliament.
Prime Minister Theresa May did not face the amount of harsh questioning during the Wednesday session hours ahead of a critical European Union summit in Brussels.
She had been asked questions regarding police funding and tax policy than about her request for a delay in the April 12 departure from the EU of Britain.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn did not bring Brexit up, as May prepares to request the EU to an extension and many lawmakers slough off from the bickering.
May did say her position on holding another EU referendum has not changed, meaning she is still opposed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she favors granting an expansion of many weeks.
Pressed on the kind of expansion Germany backs, Merkel responded:”I favor, if there’s a wide majority for this now, possibly making it a delay of several months — but not regretting anything, so once Britain has decided the withdrawal could happen immediately.”
Prime Minister Theresa May has asked for a delay before June 30, and visited Germany and France Tuesday to create her situation.
Merkel addressed German lawmakers on Wednesday, hours before EU leaders meet in Brussels to determine whether to grant the petition of Britain past the Friday night deadline that was existing.
She said that the EU’s institutions must be able to continue functioning”seamlessly” and that Britain must conduct elections to the European Parliament in late May.
She added that there also needs to be”a willingness to participate constructively in conclusions.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union may well choose a more Brexit delay compared to the one sought from the British authorities, but it would be flexible enough to let Brexit”very quickly” after London approves the withdrawal arrangement.
EU leaders have been meeting in Brussels to mull the petition for Brexit of Prime Minister Theresa May to be postponed until June 30. If no extension is granted, Britain risks crashing out with no deal on Friday.
Merkel told German lawmakers that a disorderly Brexit”isn’t in our interest.”
She said Wednesday’s result that”it may well be a more extension than the one the British prime minister requested for, but we’ll shape this expansion in this manner that if Britain has approved the withdrawal agreement, Britain can then complete its orderly withdrawal quite shortly after” using a two-year transition period.
She didn’t define precisely how long the expansion might be.
The European Parliament said in a statement Wednesday that May”cannot come empty-handed.”
And the legislators told the EU leaders they need to make sure if a extension to their death is granted, that Britain won’t become obstructionist.
They said the summit”will be advised to offer the U.K. with an expansion that ought to be framed to honor the principle of true cooperation.”
The European Parliament will have to approve any bargain May reaches with the EU to make it binding.
Groups representing producers from the U.K. and across the continent have now appealed to European leaders to work with Britain to avoid a divorce from the bloc with no deal.
Create UK and sister organization Ceemet issued a letter to heads of state and main negotiator Michel Barnier warning of shock in case of a no-deal Brexit.
The groups state that if they recognize attempts are made to address the chaos a no-deal situation would lead to,”it must be evident that neither the EU nor the UK are ready, and as a consequence European business is likewise not adequately prepared, to get this particular cliff edge situation”
Prime Minister Theresa May travels to request to the departure of Britain, until June 30. Britain is scheduled to depart the EU on Friday.
European Council President Donald Tusk is assembly leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May before an emergency summit to decide whether to grant a delay in its death to the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Donald Tusk matches the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands and eventually May before Wednesday evening’s summit starts.
It’s very likely to be a rough day for its British leader since she pleads for another extension to stop the death currently scheduled for Friday of Britain.
Tusk has suggested an even more delay of around a year with terms attached to ensure Britain doesn’t stymie EU decision making when it remains a part.
EU countries are now increasingly exasperated with all the branch and doubt in Britain.