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The European Chamber will reject any agreement without safeguarding for Ireland and points to Johnson as responsible for the chaos

September 18, 2019


The plenary session of the European Parliament has confirmed on Wednesday that it will reject any divorce agreement with the United Kingdom that does not provide for a specific safeguard to protect peace and the Single Market in the Ulster, while pointing out the Boris Johnson Government as the sole responsible if efforts are frustrated for an orderly exit and finally a chaotic Brexit occurs this October.

The new Eurocamara has thus backed the negotiating position of the Twenty-Seven, in a resolution agreed between the main parties – EPP, SD, Liberals, Greens and the United Left – and approved with 544 votes in favor, 126 against and 38 abstentions.

MEPs are indispensable to have a safety net that protects the Single Market and the Good Friday peace agreements between Ireland and Northern Ireland, although they open the door for the EU to examine alternative solutions to the so-called 'backstop' on the table.

To do this, they make it clear that it is up to London to present credible and viable proposals from a legal and technical point of view, since it is the British Government who flatly rejects the instrument designed and agreed between the parties after almost three years of negotiation.

In the opinion of the European Chamber, the agreement negotiated between the previous British Government and Brussels is “balanced and provides legal certainty”, because it respects both the conditions of the European Union and the British red lines.

MEPs bet on an orderly break in negotiated terms, but declare their willingness to accept another extension to delay Brexit again, provided it is under conditions and for a justified reason.

Thus, remember that the British Parliament itself has asked the Boris Johnson Executive to ask for a new postponement if by October 19 there is no agreement for an orderly Brexit.

In the opinion of the European Parliament, there is room for an extension, but “as long as it is justified and has a specific objective”, for example by calling elections, by holding a second referendum or by the United Kingdom deciding to go back and leave the Brexit project.

In addition, the MEPs said, they would not approve the new extension if the British Parliament did not give the green light to an eventual agreement before.

In any case, the resolution insists, if the contacts in progress to try to achieve a solution fail, the sole responsibility will be of the British Government, which is the one responsible for the initiative to present an alternative to the pact it rejects.