PM May and EU Parliament Gets “Two New Deadlines” after Crisis Talks
UK's Prime Minister Theresa May in a meeting with President of Europen Council Donald Tusk - Photo by European Council

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)European Union (EU) Parliament finally gave a two-tier extension for United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Theresa May’ Brexit planned by softening the threat of an unconditional divorce after initial talks at the summit in Brussels which lasted from 21-22 March.

During the meeting, member of parliament accepted May requested after lawmakers issued a series of votes rejecting the divorce agreement, then refused no agreement, then accepted the her advice on delays.

EU offers a delay until May 22, if lawmakers pass the prime minister’ Brexit deal at the end of next week. But if the parliament continues to reject it in three “meaningful polls”, Britain faces tough deadlines on April 12.

If May can get a Brexit approval through parliament next week, then the new Brexit date is May 22. With this, it will take less than two months for the UK and the EU to sign a divorce agreement and get all the technical arrangements for the separation officially begun.

Conversely, if the May agreement doesn’t qualify before the end of next week, then the new Brexit date is April 12. This is a new deadline for the UK to decide how it wants to continue.

Otherwise, UK can leave the EU without agreement. Or it can “show the way forward” in the block, which is likely to require a delay longer than the EU.

Brussels has chosen a date because that is the last point when Britain can decide whether to take part in the European Parliament elections which take place on May 23-26.

However, passing an agreement on May 22 will prove to be problematic for two reasons. First, because May suffered the first and fourth largest Commons defeats and only a handful of Tory Brexiteers publicly stated that they had changed their minds.

Secondly, because Speaker John Bercow has warned he can ban voting, by applying a rule of more than 400 years that prohibits lawmakers being forced to vote on the same problem repeatedly in a short period of time.

Therefore, the EU calls on Britain to “show the way forward” – including asking for a delay in the duration of Brexit in order to take part in the EU Parliamentary elections. If not, the UK will exit the block without agreement.

In her speech Thursday (03/21), British’ premier said that he would ask people in Britain to participate in the election, three years after the vote left the EU. However, May said the move “underlined” the “importance” of MPs to support the agreement and ultimately be able to take control.

May then promised for the first time, if she failed to get a ratified agreement next week, the Commons could more easily declare the type of Brexit he could choose.

May also vowed to “support commitments” made last week by de-facto representative David Lidington for an “indicative vote” in another divorce scenario.

But May refused to admit the mistake of the situation which was labeled a “national emergency” in a joint statement that rarely happened on Thursday by the Congress of Trade Unions and Confederations for the British Industry.

Therefore, May hopes the pressure from Brexit without an agreement now takes two weeks later than expected to reflect MPs to support her agreement.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com