BRUSSELS, Sep. 5 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The European Union would only accept a new extension of Brexit if the United Kingdom asks for it and argues “a good reason,” as explained on Thursday by the European Commission, which has not come to assess whether an electoral call would meet this condition and recalled that the the last word would be in any case the other twenty-seven Member States.
“Obviously at this time it is a hypothetical situation. If we receive it, it is up to the other twenty-seven EU countries to agree unanimously on such an application. This request would have to be for a good reason,” he said in a press conference spokesperson for the community executive, Mina Andreeva.
Asked if a call for elections will be a reason that justifies a new extension, Andreeva has preferred not to enter into speculation and has emphasized that London has not yet moved an official petition proposing a new postponement.
Andreeva has indicated that his interlocutor is the British Government and, therefore, it is Downing Street who must make an official request for a new extension, despite the fact that the British Parliament approved on Wednesday a law that would force the Prime Minister to do so if before October 19 fails to reach an agreement with the EU to leave the block on October 31.
Thus, Brussels has insisted that its “working hypothesis” is that Brexit “should take place” that day “on the basis of the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement”. In that context, the spokeswoman has reiterated that the Commission remains willing to “work constructively” with London if it submits “concrete proposals” compatible with the divorce treaty to replace the Irish island's safeguard clause.
The UK chief negotiator, David Frost, met again Wednesday with the Community Executive Working Group dedicated to Brexit and will return this Friday to continue the talks.
For the moment, the British negotiators have not presented to the community authorities viable alternatives that serve to eliminate the emergency plan for Ireland from the agreement and avoid a hard border on the island, something that Brussels sees as “crucial” in order to move forward.