© Reuters. THE EUROPEANS WILL TRY To AVOID a “BREXIT” BRUTAL
BERLIN (Reuters) – The european Council will try Thursday to avoid a sudden reversal of the United Kingdom of the european Union, to eight days of the crucial date fixed for the Brexit are still relevant today.
Theresa May has formally requested on Wednesday the EU a postponement of three months of Brexit, until next June 30. This request is to give him time to try to persuade the mp to vote the agreement leaving the EU that they have rejected two times, 15 January and 12 march.
The european Commission considers that such deferral may not last beyond may 23, the date of the beginning of the european elections, or to be much more extended.
Whether or not to accept this report depends on a decision by the unanimous vote of Twenty-Seven. For the time being, the date of 29 march is still valid, with the risk of an exit “accidental”.
In his letter to the president of the european Council, Donald Tusk, Theresa May writes: “My intention is to present again the agreement in the House.” She adds: “I am convinced that the Parliament will complete the ratification of the agreement in a constructive manner, but this will clearly not be completed before march 29, 2019.”
The european Council starts at 14.00 (13.00 GMT). The working session devoted to the record of Brexit is scheduled at 15: 30.
VERBATIM The letter to Theresa May
THE MAIN EVENTS OF THE DAY:
09: 10: MERKEL: WE CAN GRANT TO the BRITISH A REPORT SHORT OF BREXIT
The German chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the European may grant to the British a report of the Brexit, but there should be an “extension short” of the period prior to the divorce.
“I think we can say, as a representative of Germany, that we can accede to this request. We can discuss this hope in the next week if we have a positive vote in the british Parliament on the release agreement,” she said in front of Bundestag members.
08h36: The STATE Of MIND OF the BRITISH parliament is CHANGING, PROVIDES THE SECRETARY Of STATE for THE BREXIT
Kwasi Kwarteng, uk secretary of State for Brexit, ” says on the tv channel Sky that Theresa May has good chances to ratify a withdrawal agreement at its third attempt because, he said, the state of mind of the elect of the House of commons is in the process of change.
“We have a good chance of dropping it, the week close. They (the elect) are in the process already to get closer to it because their mind is focused on this agreement and on our ability to leave the EU in a timely and an orderly manner,” he said.
Last January 15, the deputies of the House of commons have rejected the agreement negotiated with Brussels by 432 votes to 202. On 12 march, the margin was reduced, but despite the meeting the day before between Theresa May and the president of the european Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, it has still been rejected by 391 votes to 242.
To overthrow and succeed his bet, May therefore need to convince 75 parliamentarians. And, just before the burst of the “speaker” of the Commons, John Bercow, who ruled that parliamentarians could not revoter again on the same text, cracks had appeared in the camp of “Brexiters”.
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07: 00: CORBYN WILL EXPOSE ITS “ALTERNATIVE” IN BRUSSELS
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the labour opposition in London, is expected in Brussels where it will present its plan “alternative” of removing the Uk from the european Union several EU leaders, including the chief negotiator of the Europe, Michel Barnier, and the secretary-general of the european Commission, Martin Selmayr.
Meetings with seven heads of State or of government, including the socialist president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, are also scheduled.
In a statement, the labour Party insists on the fact that Corbyn, who had discussions in the week with members of parliament in the House of commons, believes in its ability to ratify his project by the british Parliament.
The plan Corbyn proposes a divorce to be less radical, with maintenance of close relations between the United Kingdom and its european partners which could adjust the way the question of the border irish, to the point that paralyzes the divorce proceedings.
21H40: MAY appeal TO the PARLIAMENTARIANS AND TAKE The OPINION WITNESS,
The United Kingdom will not leave the european Union on 29 march, the date originally fixed for his departure, announced by Theresa May in a televised speech broadcast after the formalization of its request for postponement from Europeans, a decision, she said, that she was sorry but she could not prevent.
“This report is a source of personal regret,” says the First minister from Downing Street, his residence.
“I fervently hope that parliamentarians will find a way to approve the agreement that I negotiated with the EU, an agreement that honors the result of the referendum (editor’s note, June 2016) and that is the best possible agreement, and I will continue to work day and night to get this support,” she adds.
“But I am not prepared to a report of a Brexit, which would go beyond 30 June.”
There are three options to parliament: leave the EU with an agreement, from no agreement or not from all lists. “It is high time that we take a decision,” she continued, adding it to the address of the british people: “I am with you.”
(Reuters offices; Edited by Henri-Pierre Andre)