Every divorce agreement needs the approval of MEPs
BRUSSELS, 12 Sep. –
The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, warned this Thursday from Brussels that the presiding institution will not accept any divorce agreement with the United Kingdom if it is not with the safeguard to prevent the reintroduction of a 'hard' border between Ireland and Ireland del Norte, a mechanism that in the withdrawal pact is called 'backstop'.
“The 'backstop' is still key. There will be no agreement without it, that is very clear, this is thought by the European Commission and the European institutions and it is the position of the European Parliament that, I remember, will have the last word,” he said Sassoli at a press conference, at the end of a meeting of the group leaders in the European Chamber with the European negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier.
The Italian socialist has announced that this red line and other keys to the position of the Eurocamara will be reflected in a resolution agreed by all parties and will be voted on next Wednesday, day 18, in plenary session.
MEPs also want to make clear with this resolution the “great unity” that exists within the European Union around the work done so far to try to facilitate an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the community bloc.
In the opinion of the European Chamber, Sassoli has stressed, as for the rest of the EU, the agreement negotiated between Brussels and London and which remains on the table is “the best possible agreement”, including the Irish safeguard, which is “key”.
Sassoli has also wanted to draw attention to the fact that despite the firm rejection of the new British Government to accept this safeguard, those responsible have not presented “legally and operationally credible alternatives.”
For this reason, the president of the Eurocamara has insisted that the 'backstop' is essential to avoid a chaotic rupture and added that they would be willing to analyze other proposals that could be a solution, for example retaking the initial idea of the EU to foresee a safeguard applied only to Northern Ireland and not to the whole of the United Kingdom.
“In case there is no agreement, the United Kingdom will have to take full responsibility,” continued Sassoli, for whom the possibility of a new extension to delay Brexit beyond October 31 would only be possible with the condition of new elections, the call for a second referendum or reversing and stop the exit.