How they celebrated themselves, the 27 EU countries. In all friendship, Brexit-Land was offered the “best possible” deal, the leaders said two weeks ago at the special Brexit summit in Brussels. Now it turns out: this deal is unacceptable, Prime Minister May pulls the emergency brake.
The Brexit vote in the House of Commons, originally planned for Tuesday, will be postponed indefinitely, May announced. May admitted for the first time that she would have lost the vote by a “clear margin”.
However, this was already foreseeable two weeks ago when the deal was sealed at a special summit. This deal bears the signature of the EU and contains a “backstop” that could permanently bind the UK to EU law.
The almost 500-page gag contract, which was negotiated in a secret “tunnel” and ultimately rejected by the responsible Brexit Minister Raab, does not satisfy anyone in London.
Insiders estimate that May would have missed up to one hundred votes for a majority in a vote. The prime minister is now buying time to get more MPs on her side, AP reports.
But how should that succeed? The EU has made it clear that the resignation agreement will not be changed. At best, a few cosmetic changes could be made to the attached political declaration.
May still wants to try. She said she would raise the “clear concerns” of the British House of Commons with her EU colleagues and demand “further assurances” at the EU summit at the end of this week.
It is a “mission impossible”!
From Brussels’ point of view, only two options are conceivable: Either you stop the clock – and postpone the Brexit date for a few weeks to allow for new elections or a second referendum.
Or May withdraws the resignation application. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg had aptly declared a few hours earlier that this could be done…
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