Strasbourg (France) (AFP) – The European Union contingency hear from Britain how it skeleton to ensue with Brexit before determining either to check the divorce, adjudicator Michel Barnier pronounced Wednesday.
On Tuesday, British MPs deserted the Brexit withdrawal devise that Prime Minister Theresa May had concluded with EU negotiators — with just 16 days to go before Britain is due to leave the bloc.
The lawmakers are to opinion again on Wednesday to prove how they devise to proceed, but Barnier was transparent that Brussels will not renegotiate the agreement now.
“After this vote… it will be for the British supervision to contend how it wants to proceed,” Barnier told a assembly of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“It is the shortcoming of the United Kingdom to tell us what it wants in a destiny relationship, what is the choice, the transparent line that contingency be the own.
“That’s the doubt that is open and to which we wait a response, and it’s the doubt that contingency be answered even before any preference on an extension.
“Why would we lengthen the negotiation? To do what? Because the Article 50 traffic is finished, we have a treaty, it’s there,” he said, referring to the withdrawal agreement.
Previously, EU officials have suggested that Britain might be given additional time — in a one-off prolongation that will not be renewed — to determine on an nurse exit plan.
But if Britain is still in the confederation when European Parliamentary elections start on May 23 then it contingency concede the possess adults to vote, complicating prospects of a extensive delay.