British mps voted on Thursday for a postponement of the date of Brexit and for a new vote on the withdrawal agreement from the Eu negotiated by Theresa May to Brussels, offering a breath of fresh air to the First minister.
Has fifteen days to the intended exit of the Uk from the EU, the Parliament act and the fact that he is not ready, because he was unable to reach a consensus on the form that he wants to give to this break after 46 years of a rocky relationship.
According to the motion submitted by the government, adopted by 412 votes to 202, members “agree that the government is seeking an agreement with the european Union” for a postponement of the date of the Brexit.
It provides for a court report, to June 30, if the elected british approve the withdrawal agreement of Theresa May, that they have already retoqué on two occasions but she decided to submit once again by the 20 of march.
If the agreement is recalibrated, then the report will go beyond June 30, and will imply that the country participates in the next european elections in may, has warned Theresa May.
This scenario of a long extension would extend the uncertainty in which is immersed the United Kingdom since he was voted out of the european Union in June 2016. It could even mean no Brexit, has insisted the conservative ruling which intends to play on this threat in order to rally his / her agreement to the eurosceptics in his conservative Party and the members of the small unionist party northern irish DUP, his ally in Parliament.
But for the leader of the opposition labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, Mrs May is expected to accept that its agreement, which provides for an exit from the single market and the eu customs union, is not “a viable option”.
The european Commission reiterated on Thursday night that “any request for an extension of (the period of negotiations provided for) article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of the 27 other member countries” and should be duly justified.
Earlier, the president of the european Council Donald Tusk has invited the 27 to be prepared to give a “long extension” in the United Kingdom if he agrees to rethink his strategy for the Brexit, and manages to build a consensus around it”.
– “Everything goes wrong” –
In the Face of a parliament that has offered the spectacle of its divisions during a series of votes this week, the default scenario remains, however, for the moment, that of “Brexit” without agreement on 29 march, even if a majority of meps spoke out against such an outcome on Wednesday.
“The situation is serious and it is necessary to prepare also the option that we do not wish,” said the european negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday evening, at the Top of the regions to Bucharest. “I recommend that you do not under-estimate the” consequences of a “no-deal” (disagree).
This perspective would not to displease the american president Donald Trump, who has advocated in the past for Brexit “hard”. “My government is ready to negotiate a major trade agreement with the United Kingdom. The potential is unlimited !”, he tweeted on Thursday.
During a meeting with the irish Prime minister Leo Varadkar in Washington, the us president has also fired several arrows against Theresa May, believing that the Brexit “would have to be negotiated in another way” and saying “surprised to see how much everything goes wrong”.
Thursday night, british mps also overwhelmingly rejected, by 334 votes to 85, an amendment submitted by Sarah Wollaston, the independent Group, proposing the organization of a second referendum on the Brexit.
Many members of the Labour abstained from voting on this amendment, in accordance with the setpoint of the party, in contradiction with the announcement made in February by Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour was going to “introduce or support an amendment in favour of a second referendum.
This has not prevented, in the evening, to say that a new referendum remained a “realistic option to get out of the impasse”, causing a bronca in the House of commons.