The Brexit secretary extents the government from the recommendations MPs could be confronted with a “long” delay unless they support a deal. The Brexit secretary has separated the government from recommendations which the MPs could be confronted with detention to the EU exit unless they support the deal of the UK President.
Stephen Barclay told the media it would send a “very odd message” to UK voters. He was replying to a report that Olly Robbins the Chief EU negotiator of the UK Prime Minister was overheard in a bar of Brussels claiming the bloc would probably approve an extension to Article 50. This would lengthen the period for the UK to settle a withdrawal deal and detain the departure from Britain from the EU, recently scheduled for 29th March.
A top civil servant, Mr. Robbins told to have indicated that if MPs did not support a Brexit deal, then the detention would be “a long time”.
Mr. Robbins was quoted as claiming,” The issue is whether Brussels is clear on the terms of extension. In the end, they will probably just give us an extension”.He also added, “Got to make them believe that the week beginning end of March… The extension is possible but if they don’t vote for the deal then the extension is a long one. It would be very difficult because you have the European parliamentary elections at the end of May. I think it would be a very odd message to say to the British public three years after they voted to leave, they should consider voting for members of the European Parliament.
I think that would go back on what many people voted for.”
The Brexit Secretary, who met EU Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, as well as Mr. Robbins earlier in this week, added that the EU would not essentially agree to an extension.
He also added, “ What European leaders were clear in saying to me is that they don’t see any merit in extending the uncertainty and merely prolonging that”.