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EU remains firmly in control of the Brexit timetable

Submitted by on 22 Mar 2019 – 11:24

The EU leaders have rejected Theresa May’s request for an extension to June 30. Instead, they have imposed two new dates — if Parliament approves May’s deal, Britain shall leave on May 22. If it doesn’t, the extension will only be until April 12.

The leaders devised the new plan following a summit in the European Council on Thursday.

Speaking after the meeting, EU Council President Donald Tusk said, “The UK government will still have a choice between a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50.”

The European Council decision makes clear that for the duration of the extension the United Kingdom remains a member state with all the rights and obligations set out in the treaties and under EU law. If the UK is still a member state on 23-26 May 2019, it will be under the obligation to hold elections to the European Parliament.

The extension also excludes any re-opening of the withdrawal agreement. Any unilateral commitment, statement or other act by the UK should be compatible with the letter and the spirit of the withdrawal agreement.

The EU27 leaders highlighted that any unilateral commitment, statement or other act should be compatible with the letter and the spirit of the withdrawal agreement. They called for work to be continued on preparedness and contingency at all levels for the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal, taking into accounts all possible outcomes.

Even if the hope for a final success may seem frail, even illusory, and although Brexit fatigue is increasingly visible and justified, the European Council believes that “we cannot give up seeking – until the very last moment – a positive solution, of course without opening up the Withdrawal Agreement.”