Juncker regrets the “waste of time and energy” that Brexit has meant for the EU
BRUSSELS, Oct. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has warned London on Tuesday that the response of the European Union to the request to postpone the departure of the United Kingdom will depend on what the British Parliament “decides or does not decide” on the negotiated agreement for Brexit.
“The situation is quite complex after the events of the weekend in the United Kingdom and the British request to extend the process. I am consulting with the leaders on how to react and I will decide in the next few days,” Tusk informed the plenary session of the European Parliament , in a debate to take stock of the last European summit.
Tusk began the consultations on Sunday after receiving the request of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but the Twenty-seven continue to follow the steps for ratification of the pact, with the view put in place that its entry into force in time is possible if the Chamber of Commons approves the text this week and Brexit is produced as planned on October 31.
In any case, as the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, said on Monday and has confirmed Tusk in Strasbourg (France), the European Parliament will not hold the vote for the ratification of the Withdrawal Treaty until Westminster approves it first, I would postpone this last step at least until next week.
“The European Parliament has a role to play, an important one,” Tusk said, then point out that, in any case, the result of the consultations he has with EU leaders regarding the three-month extension asked London “will depend a lot on what the British Parliament decides, or does not decide.”
“We must be prepared for any scenario but one thing must be clear: as I told Prime Minister Johnson last Saturday, a Brexit without agreement will never be our decision,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has lamented the “loss of time and loss of energy” which, in his opinion, has led to the long process of negotiating Brexit for the European project, while stressed the “tireless work” of Brussels to negotiate a good agreement that would allow the United Kingdom to leave.
Juncker has highlighted the “creativity and determination” of European negotiators led by former commissioner Michel Barnier to, first, negotiate the divorce with the 'premier' Theresa May and then renegotiate with his successor.
“I will always regret the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the Union, but at least we can look in the eye and say that we have done everything possible to ensure that this exit occurs in an orderly manner,” summed up the head of the Community Executive.
The former Luxembourg Prime Minister, who participates on Tuesday in his last parliamentary session as president of the Commission, has also said that the block is prepared for “all eventualities”, regardless of the evolution on the other side of the English Channel .
“We need to look carefully now at what is happening in Westminster, but in any case it is not imaginable that this Parliament ratifies the agreement before it is done by the British Parliament. First London, then Strasbourg,” he has settled.