The British prime minister, the conservative Theresa May, said in Parliament today that keeping open the option of extending the transition period of the "brexit" beyond December 2020 can unblock the dialogue with Brussels.
The head of government assured the deputies that 95% of the issues on the table in the negotiations are already resolved, although it remains to be determined how a border will be avoided in Northern Ireland.
The EU wants to establish a security clause that leaves the British region, or the whole of the United Kingdom, within the European customs union until a free trade agreement between London and Brussels is reached, which could take several years .
May believes that extending the transition, a period in which the United Kingdom will be technically outside the EU but still integrated into the single market and the customs union, can be an "alternative" to that security mechanism.
In any case, the prime minister assured that the transition should be completed before the end of the current legislature, in mid-2022, and stressed that although she has explored this possibility, she has not yet committed to accept it.
The most Eurosceptic sector of the Conservative Party has been critical of the idea of extending the date when the United Kingdom will be completely separated from community structures.
The next EU budget, lasting seven years, will come into force in January 2021, so some "Tories" have argued that London could be forced to take on new long-term economic commitments with the EU if it continues to be integrated into the EU. single market by then.
Conservative MP John Redwood said the UK may have to pay an additional 15 billion pounds (17.1 billion euros) to the Union if it extends the "brexit" transition for another year.
The parliamentarian urged the prime minister to reject an exit agreement that considers "a surrender" and that in his opinion the United Kingdom "can not afford."
The lack of progress in the negotiations with Brussels has revived in recent days the speculation in the British media about the possibility that the sector of the conservatives most critical of May can call a vote of confidence on his leadership of the formation.
In her appearance in the Commons, the head of government said that "to serve the national interest," the deputies "must control their nerves in these last stages of negotiations, the hardest part of all."
"We must focus on the reward that is before us, the great opportunities that can be opened for our country when we overcome these final barriers," May added.
The leader of the opposition, the Labor Jeremy Corbyn, said that there is a "simple solution" to the issue of the Northern Ireland border, which consists, in his opinion, in forging a new customs union with the European Union. .
"It is a solution that not only benefits Northern Ireland, but will help protect skilled jobs in all regions and nations of the United Kingdom," said the Labor Party leader.
The British Government hopes to have reached an agreement with Brussels in the coming weeks, which must then be put to a vote in Parliament, where it could face problems to achieve the majority if the Eurosceptic sector of its party and its partners from the Northern Irish Unionist Democratic Party ( DUP) do not accept the terms of the eventual agreement.
The British minister for the "Brexit", Dominic Raab, said today that the deputies may propose amendments to the motion that the Executive will put to a vote, but warned that these proposals can not go against the terms already agreed by London and Brussels.
Raab warned in particular that no amendment can delay the date of departure from the EU, scheduled for next March 29, nor prevent the execution of the "Brexit".