The prime minister announces that she will take a motion on the Brexit to the Commons and trusts to approve the agreement after achieving the extension
British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally requested an extension of Brexit until July 30 in a letter sent Wednesday to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
“I write to inform the European Council that the United Kingdom is requesting an extension to the period of Article 50” of the Treaty of Lisbon, reads the missive of May published by the British Government.
“The policy of the British Government continues to be to leave the EU in an orderly manner in accordance with the Retreat Treaty and the political declaration agreed in November” and by virtue of the additional guarantees agreed with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker , on March 11, has specified.
In the letter, the Prime Minister informed the European Union that the British Parliament again rejected her plan for Brexit on March 12, a day later she ruled out an exit without a pact and, subsequently, approved a motion by the Government to request a “Short extension” to postpone the entry into force of Brexit, set for March 29.
That motion, according to May, required the holding of a “significant” vote on the Brexit in the House of Commons before the summit in Brussels on Thursday but the president of the institution, John Bercow, has refused to vote if the text does not undergo “substantial” changes.
After making clear that it is not in the interests of the United Kingdom that the country holds community elections, May has transferred his colleagues from the European Union who intends to return to Parliament the Agreement of Withdrawal of the block for approval.
Before that new “significant” vote in Westminster, the prime minister has asked the European Council to approve the “supplementary documents” that she signed with the president of the European Commission on March 11, so that the Government of London can take those agreements to the House of Commons and “confirm the changes” in their proposed agreement for the Brexit before Parliament, in order to submit the entire text to a vote.
In this context, May has warned that it also intends to present in the Commons “domestic” proposals to “confirm” its “previous commitments” in favor of the protection of the British internal market, “given the concerns expressed by the safeguarding” of the border between the British region of Ulster and Ireland.
Therefore, it will present a motion to defend an “orderly” exit from the EU and in favor of a “strong future alliance” with the bloc that “demand” the “future of the continent” and “the economy and security of the citizens of the Kingdom.” United”.
May has said that if his motion is approved, the British Parliament will “proceed to ratify” the agreement to exit the European Union “in a constructive way”. Arriving at this point, has indicated that this process will not be completed before March 29, the official start date of Brexit, and has admitted that the calendar “is currently uncertain”, so it has considered necessary to request this extension ” short “of the application of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to present this position to our colleagues on Thursday,” said the ‘premier’, referring to the summit to be held in Brussels.
In a simultaneous intervention in the House of Commons, May has indicated that “the Government intends to present proposals for a third significant vote”. “If that vote is passed, the extension will give the House of Commons time to consider the Retreat Treaty, if it does not happen, the House will have to decide how to proceed,” he said.
The ‘premier’ has made it clear that it is not in favor of a long postponement of Brexit for the consequences that would have, among other issues the holding of elections to the European Parliament, and has also warned that the granting of an extension does not imply that the country can not end up leaving the European Union without the coverage of an agreement.
“If this is the case and there is an extension, this does not really mean taking the stage off the table without an agreement, which remains a point at the end of that extension,” May said.
Community sources have confirmed to Europa Press that the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has already received the letter sent by May. The British Prime Minister has spoken by telephone on Wednesday with Juncker, to inform him of the “latest events” before his appearance in Westminster, as explained by a community spokeswoman.