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EU leaders begin today to set their conditions for the new relationship with London after Brexit

December 13, 2019


The Heads of State and Government of the European Union will start this Friday to define the conditions of the new relationship they want to negotiate with the United Kingdom after leaving the club, if the electoral victory of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is confirmed. I would give you enough seats to comfortably approve in Westminster the divorce agreement for a Brexit ordered on January 31.

The new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said after knowing the first polls at the ballot box that her team is “prepared to negotiate what is necessary” and that she hopes that on Friday the EU leaders will give a clear mandate “About the next steps.”

EU leaders begin today to set their conditions for the new relationship with London after Brexit
EU leaders begin today to set their conditions for the new relationship with London after Brexit

The president of the European Council, Charles Michel, meanwhile, has asked for caution until knowing the official results but has announced that the Twenty-seven will send a “strong” message on Friday.

“We are prepared for the next steps, we will see if it is possible for the British Parliament to accept the withdrawal agreement and, if necessary, we will be willing to take the next step,” Michel told the press at the end of the first day of European summit

The European Union gave a new extension to the British to make room for the holding of elections in the hope that the results would clarify the political situation in the country and give a clear majority to who was appointed prime minister and interlocutor with the EU. The block maintains its interest in beginning to negotiate the foundations of the future relationship as soon as possible.

“We expected a clarification. Tonight it seems that clarification has arrived, although we must wait for the final results,” said the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, also in Brussels.

Montchalin has pointed out that the goal of the presidents now is to “start preparing discussions about future relations”, because more important than the “way we divorce” will be the “new legal regime we want to build.”

The Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, for his part, said that “the polls at the foot of the ballot box point to a clear result” that, in all likelihood, will open the door for a parliamentary majority to support the last negotiated agreement. “It will allow Brexit to be ordered and agreed, and to avoid all the negative scenarios of a chaotic Brexit,” he said.

According to sources from the Spanish delegation, a scenario of absolute majority 'tory' will allow European leaders to assume that the British Parliament will ratify the withdrawal agreement before January 31, 2020.

That way, this Friday the European Council will be able to focus on how to negotiate the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom and if there is enough time for it during the transition period that includes the exit agreement, and that Johnson does not want to extend.

The transition period ends on December 31, 2020. If Brexit had occurred, as planned, on March 29, 2019, that would have given a period of 21 months to negotiate the future relationship, including a trade agreement, but the successive delays of the British exit have narrowed the margin.

Upon his arrival at the European Council this Thursday at noon, the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has been convinced that such an agreement is possible: “In eleven months you can do many things if you have political will,” he said, before insisting in which he is in favor of having “the best relationship” with the United Kingdom after Brexit. For Sánchez, “it is a shame that the EU loses one of its key actors” and will not be the same without the United Kingdom “, but has acknowledged that” this is democracy. ”

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