May 16, 2021

May intervenes in Parliament to talk about the "brexit"

May intervenes in Parliament to talk about the "brexit"

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will today make a statement in the House of Commons on the "Brexit" agreement, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), at the beginning of an intense campaign to make the agreement obtain parliamentary approval.

May will hold a cabinet meeting in his official Downing Street residence in the morning, and then go to the lower house to make the declaration, scheduled for 15:30 GMT.

The "Brexit" agreement and the accompanying political declaration were approved on Sunday in Brussels by the 27 countries that will remain in the EU at a special meeting of the European Council, but now the pact must receive the approval of the British and European Parliaments .

The agreement -which includes the terms of the British "divorce", such as the situation of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom and the check that London will have to pay for its withdrawal- already has the rejection of the Labor opposition deputies, those of the Unionist Democratic Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland and of the most Eurosceptic conservatives.

The Conservative prime minister faces the difficult task of convincing parliamentarians to endorse the document in a vote expected to be held in the House of Commons next December 12.

The president of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, insisted today, in statements to the BBC, that there will be no further negotiations on the British "divorce" of the EU and that the agreement signed on Sunday in Brussels is the only "possible".

Juncker added that it is the "best agreement for the United Kingdom" and stressed that London does not intend to hold another referendum.

"This is the only possible agreement, so if the House (of the Commons) says no, we would not have an agreement." It is not the intention of the prime minister (Theresa May), nor of the cabinet nor the Parliament to hold a second referendum. This is the agreement, "Juncker said.

The United Kingdom will retire from the EU on March 29, 2019, when a transition period will begin that will last until the end of 2020 and during which both parties expect to negotiate the future commercial and security relationship.


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