No more bad faith pseudo-negotiations by Brussels. No more dithering and bad-skilled pseudo-negotiations by Theresa May.
The UK asked the European Union to delay its departure from the bloc until June 30, an extension that if approved would give Prime Minister Theresa May just weeks to break an impasse in Parliament over her withdrawal deal.
It’s not just an internal impasse between the PM and Parliament. It’s also and more importantly an impasse between Great Britain and Brussels.
Cut the cord. The other 27 nations of the EU, or at least that one of them with sense and integrity, should reject the request for more time. It’s time that only will be wasted by both sides, each for its own reasons.
Update: The EU, lacking even that single nation of the 27, has voted to grant Great Britain’s request for more time before leaving. In fact, the EU offered a couple of options for more time.
- Option 1: If the UK parliament votes for the withdrawal agreement next week, it can delay exiting until May 22 to ratify the text.
- Option 2: If it does not approve the deal, the EU will offer a shorter extension until April 12.
- If it rejects the deal and takes the shorter extension, it can then decide whether to seek a much longer delay and vote in the European elections or leave on April 12 without a deal.
The withdrawal agreement the Parliament is expected to vote on is the same one it’s rejected twice before. The EU isn’t serious about that thing being accepted on the third try.
This is a sham offer, designed only to drag things out; Brussels is continuing to deal in bad faith. The continent has, perhaps, one or both of two motives for this disingenuousity. It’s still looking to make an example of Great Britain as a warning to other member nations that might be thinking of leaving. It’s looking to dismember Great Britain by taking Northern Ireland out of the nation with its demand of an open, unguarded border between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
If the Brits have any sense at all left (an increasing question), they’ll reject the deal and go out from the EU on schedule, on 29 March, and with no deal at all. No amount of time is going to get them a better deal, incessant delay will only give the Remainers on both side of the Channel time to find a way to keep Great Britain trapped in the EU cage.