H Tερέζα Μέι θα ζητήσει μία μικρή παράταση στην ημερομηνία του Brexit, ενώ σε κάθε περίπτωση ο Ζαν Κλοντ Γιούνκερ θεωρεί δύσκολο να υπάρξει απάντηση στο αίτημα της στο Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο αυτής της εβδομάδας. 

 

Σύμφωνα με όσα αναφέρει ο Guardian, η Μέι θα ζητήσει παράταση μικρότερη των τριών μηνών στην νέα ημερομηνία για το Brexit.

 

Αρχικά προσανατολιζόταν σε αίτημα για μεγαλύτερη αναβολή, όμως υπήρξαν έντονες αντιδράσεις από τους υπουργούς της που υποστηρίζουν την αποχώρηση, ενώ ο θυμός μεγαλώνει και στους βουλευτές των Συντηρητικών. 

 

Πηγές της Ντάουνινγκ Στριτ είπαν στον Guardian πως «η πρωθυπουργός δε θα ζητήσει μακρά παράταση. Υπάρχει το ζήτημα να δοθεί λίγος χρόνος ακόμα στο κοινοβούλιο ώστε να συμφωνήσει σε μία λύση, όμως ο λαός αυτής της χώρας περιμένει εδώ και σχεδόν τρία χρόνια. Έχουν μπουχτίσει από την αδυναμία του κοινοβουλίου να πάρει μία απόφαση και η πρωθυπουργός μοιράζεται την απογοήτευση τους»

 

Παρόλα αυτά, ο Ζαν Κλοντ Γιούνκερ είπε σήμερα στο γερμανικό ραδιόφωνο πως είναι απίθανο να υπάρξει απόφαση σχετικά με την αναβολή του Brexit στο Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο αυτής της εβδομάδας.

 

«Η εντύπωση μου είναι πως δεν θα υπάρξει απόφαση αυτή την εβδομάδα και πιθανότατα θα χρειαστεί να ξανασυναντηθούμε την επόμενη εβδομάδα», είπε ο πρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής.  

 

 

However, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on German radio on Wednesday morning that a decision on a delay to Brexit was unlikely at this week's EU summit and the bloc's leaders may have to meet again next week.

Juncker told Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio: "My impression is ... that this week at the European council there will be no decision, but that we will probably have to meet again next week."

He added: "Mrs May doesn't have agreement to anything, either in her cabinet or in parliament."

The text of the letter has not yet been published, so it is still possible the UK could leave open the option of a longer delay if May's deal does not pass through parliament by 11 April - the point at which Britain would have to prepare to participate in European parliamentary elections.

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Only last week, the prime minister had threatened a longer extension to article 50 if MPs did not vote for her Brexit deal, which they rejected by a large margin.

"The house must understand and accept that if it is not willing to support a deal in the coming days and as it is not willing to support leaving without a deal on 29 March, it is suggesting that there will need to be a much longer extension to article 50," she said. "Such an extension would undoubtedly require the United Kingdom to hold European Union elections in May 2019. I do not think that that would be the right outcome, but the house needs to face up to the consequences of the decisions that it has taken."

MPs then voted in favour of a government motion saying May would ask for a short extension if her deal passed and acknowledging the EU would want a long delay if it did not.

May will now write to Donald Tusk, the European council president setting out her request, but the UK will need the approval of all 27 member states for an extension to be granted. The EU has said the UK needs to set out reasons for the extension.

The prime minister will likely make another attempt to get her Brexit deal through parliament next week, if she can find a way of getting round a ruling by the Speaker, John Bercow, that she cannot submit substantially the same motion twice.

However, MPs will make a fresh attempt to seize control of the process first: the Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern, has tabled a motion under standing order 24, a parliamentary device that would allow a three-hour emergency debate.

These are usually on neutral motions, simply saying parliament has debated an issue – but the Speaker hinted on Monday that more use could be made of them to force the government's hand.

He told the Labour MP Helen Goodman: "I think that she should reflect upon the opportunities that the standing order 24 procedure presents, because the opportunities are fuller than has traditionally been acknowledged or taken advantage of by members of the House of Commons."

McGovern, who has campaigned for Labour to support single market membership, said her aim was to "hold the government to account".

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, said it was important for the UK to seek only a short extension to honour the referendum result. She told LBC Radio: "It is absolutely essential we are out of the EU before the European elections."

Leadsom did not deny reports that she told colleagues they used to be the cabinet to deliver Brexit but now she was not sure.

"I feel the PM's entire cabinet needs to remain focused on getting us out of the EU," she said, insisting that the main plan was to get May's deal through, but she acknowledged differen

 

 

Theresa May will ask for only a short extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by less than three months, after a revolt among pro-leave cabinet ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.

The prime minister had previously intended to agree a longer extension with the EU involving European parliamentary elections if her withdrawal agreement did not pass by Wednesday.

However, pro-Brexit cabinet ministers left her in no doubt that would not be acceptable to them and anger among MPs was also growing.

A Downing Street source said: "The PM won't be asking for a long extension. There is a case for giving parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting nearly three years now. They are fed up with parliament's failure to take a decision and the PM shares their frustration."

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However, the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on German radio on Wednesday morning that a decision on a delay to Brexit was unlikely at this week's EU summit and the bloc's leaders may have to meet again next week.

Juncker told Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio: "My impression is ... that this week at the European council there will be no decision, but that we will probably have to meet again next week."

He added: "Mrs May doesn't have agreement to anything, either in her cabinet or in parliament."

The text of the letter has not yet been published, so it is still possible the UK could leave open the option of a longer delay if May's deal does not pass through parliament by 11 April - the point at which Britain would have to prepare to participate in European parliamentary elections.

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Only last week, the prime minister had threatened a longer extension to article 50 if MPs did not vote for her Brexit deal, which they rejected by a large margin.