After six hours of tense discussions, 27 members of the European Union agreed early Thursday to concede to London a “brexit” extension until October 31, an extension to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, must still OK.
“The 27 Member States have agreed an extension of article 50. Now I will meet with the Prime Minister Theresa May to the agreement of the Government (British) “, wrote the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in his account of Twitter.
You may, faced with the reluctance of most euro-sceptic wing of his conservative party, had requested a new extension until June 30, to try to achieve a majority in favour of the divorce settlement with the Labour opposition.
“I want to be able to leave smooth and orderly way as soon as possible. That’s what I’m going to be working,”said the British leader prior to defend your application for an hour to about 27 exasperated counterparts.
The positions of France and Germany even though diplomatic sources called his speech “useful and solid”, distrust of his peers before the reigning political chaos in their country made them propose one extension greater, until October 31, but with nuances.
After hours of discussions, in which the French President, Emmanuel Macron, pressed by one lower extension, 27 agreed to “review” the commitments at the Summit of the 20 and 21 June, a European source said.
Diplomatic sources came to make before the end of the meeting that France had been isolated and that the Summit “no longer trafficking in the United Kingdom”, in reference to the hard stance of Chirac.
Faced with that position, Germany gambled with clarity on a long delay of the “brexit”, a line which were also countries such as Portugal and the Netherlands.