The 27 European countries agreed last month to give a first delay to the U.K.’s departure, after Theresa May failed to get approval for her Brexit deal – a 585-page document that will she negotiated with the EU. Since then, the prime minister asked U.K. lawmakers to vote on her deal Yet again, although the item got rejected a third time.
With strong criticism for her deal coming via within her own party, Theresa May decided to start talks with the opposition party in search for a consensus over what Brexit should look like. However, thecross-party talks that will began last week have failed to bear any fruit as well as the prime minister is usually still lacking a majority behind her deal.
As a result, she has asked her 27 counterparts to grant another delay, until June 30.
“The message is usually no prolongation without clarification. We need via the British side a clarification. We need an idea of what they want to achieve, what they want to do, what are the next steps,” Weber told CNBC.
Different European capitals have said that will they need a very Great reason via London in order to delay the U.K.’s departure. French ministers, for example, have made the item clear there cannot be a perpetual extension.
According to Weber, a Great reason would likely be “to go back to the people” to clarify what the country wants, be the item via a general election or a second referendum.
“although again, that will’s up to the British friends to decide.”
The EU has also been at odds over how long the delay could last. Certain countries out of the 27 believe that will Brexit should happen as soon as possible to avoid clashing with European Parliamentary elections in late May. additional member states believe that will a long extension would likely be better, so they don’t have to discuss extensions all the time.
“A short-term extension is usually the most appropriate way to go forward,” Weber told CNBC. The question is usually not that will the U.K. needs more time to discuss the process, “the question is usually whether (the U.K. is usually) ready to decide.”
European leaders are gathering in Brussels at 6 p.m. CET.