The European Union (EU) today approved a delay in the date of the "brexit" that includes two scenarios depending on whether the House of Commons approves or not next week the agreement of exit agreed between London and Brussels, British parliamentarians They have already rejected twice.
If the Westminster Parliament ratifies the withdrawal pact next week, the "Brexit" will be delayed until May 22 so that the United Kingdom has time to approve all the legislation associated with its orderly departure from the community club.
In the event that the House of Commons does not approve the agreement next week, the "brexit" will be postponed until April 12, and the United Kingdom will have until that day to tell Brussels how it wishes to proceed.
If you choose to apply for a long extension to the EU, you must justify why you ask for it and you must hold elections to the European Parliament, which will take place between 23 and 26 May in the different Member States.
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, explained in a press conference at the end of Thursday's meeting of the leaders of the Twenty-seven that until April 12 "all options will remain open" with the second scenario, including the exit with or without agreement, a long extension or the cancellation of the "brexit".
"April 12 is the key date for the UK to decide whether to hold elections to the European Parliament, if it has not decided to convene them by then, the option of a long extension will be impossible automatically," said the Polish politician.
In accordance with EU legislation, all Member States are obliged to hold elections to the European Parliament, which will take place between 23 and 26 May.
Therefore, if the United Kingdom continues to belong to the EU at that time, it must choose MEPs.
In the event that as of April 12, May has not clarified his intentions on how to proceed with the "brexit", community sources pointed out that the exit without an agreement would be activated automatically.
The discussion on the "brexit" lasted this Thursday for almost six hours in which the leaders of the twenty-seven countries that will remain in the European Union after leaving the United Kingdom shuffled several dates and options, after talking with May.
Among those possibilities, it was contemplated to delay the withdrawal until May 22 in case the House of Commons approved next week the pact of departure, but without including a second scenario in the event that Westminster did not vote on the treaty or will reject next week.
However, community sources admitted that they consider "very small" the chances that the next week the House of Commons votes the pact.
At first, the Twenty-seven asked questions to the British "premier" for almost two hours to know their plans and intentions about the future of the "brexit" and community sources admitted that even before the start of the meeting the feelings of the leaders on May were "pretty negative".
During the exchange between May and the other leaders of the EU, the conservative policy reiterated its request to postpone the "Brexit" until June 30, already reflected in a letter sent to Tusk on Wednesday and that the community club did not accept today.
However, the Twenty-seven yes approved the documents agreed on March 11 in Strasbourg between herself and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, which contained additional guarantees on the Irish safeguard included in the exit pact. That request included in the same letter on Wednesday itself was satisfied this Thursday.
For its part, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, considered today that the conditional extension of the "brexit" granted by the European Union (EU) means that British parliamentarians must decide whether to support the exit agreement closed by their government or be forced to call European elections.
"I think the election is clear to the people," said May, who said it would be "wrong to ask people to participate in these elections three years after voting leave" the EU.