Brexit, EU asks for clarity: 'Gb will be out 1/7 if it does not organize elections'

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:06:13 +0100

Warning from Europe after the Westminster OK to the three-month Brexit referral request. "The UK's participation in the EU will end on July 1 if the country does not organize the European elections in May." It emerges from a draft document distributed during the meeting of the 27 EU ambassadors to prepare the leaders' discussion at the European Council of 21 March, on the request for extension of the United Kingdom's stay in the Union, which is expected to arrive by the British premier Theresa May in the coming days. The extension of the United Kingdom's permanence in the EU - it is also pointed out - can be granted more than once, since Article 50 of the Treaties, which governs the entire divorce process, in addition to not providing for time limits for the extension, it does not specify whether it can be requested only once. The article only states that the extension must be granted unanimously by the 27. It emerges from the meeting of the 27 EU ambassadors on the request to postpone the exit of the United Kingdom from the Union, expected in the coming days from London. To grant the extension at the summit on 21 and 22 March, the EU actually demands clarity from London, in the knowledge that the tangle is all internal to the politics of the Kingdom. And the bet of the British premier to be able to guarantee it is now played almost entirely on the pressing in place on the more extreme Tory hawkiteer hawks (those of Jacob Rees-Mogg's European Research Group) and above all on the vital allies of the Northern Irish unionist right of Dup. The objective is to obtain the realignment in view of the third ratification attempt destined to face the hall on Tuesday or Wednesday according to the intentions of the executive. A realignment that is anything but obvious, but with respect to which the ice perhaps begins to break. A delegation from Dup, led by the group leader in Westminster, Nigel Dodds, has in the last few hours met a squad of ministers, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, owner of the Treasury and the cash office. "We had a good discussion, we will come back to see each other, I think there is a renewed effort by the government to reassure us on the issues we have set," Dodds said at the exit. Insisting that the problem remains that of guarantees on the non-indefinite duration of the so-called backstop - the safeguard clause of the open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland imposed by the EU, but feared by the unionists as a potential vulnus to the link between Belfast and London -, but without denying, in response to a specific question, that since Hammond was responsible for the financial and fiscal policy of the Kingdom there was also talk of economic guarantees for Ulster. Of money, in short, to be added on the plate to the disputed extra appropriations of more than a billion pounds unpunished in favor of the voracious Northern Irish Protestant allies already when the Tory-Dup coalition was sanctioned in the aftermath of the 2017 elections.