Speaking on Brexitcast, Ms Adler claimed the European Union will not welcome an extension on the basis of a second Brexit referendum after MPs voted overwhelmingly to delay the Article 50 process as well as ruling out a second vote in the UK. The BBC Editor argued even Britain’s closest allies like Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands have now turned their back on the UK and the idea Brexit could be reversed with a second vote.
Ms Adler added EU leaders like Angela Merkel will now hope that those who have been campaigning for a People’s Vote will join MPs in Parliament advocating for a soft Brexit and form bigger alliances in the hope it would help the House of Commons arithmetics in future votes.
She said: “They’re not waiting for a second referendum and there’s nobody left.
“Remember Tusk and his special place in hell?
“And Angela Merkel who was also the last leader standing hoping that the UK might change its mind.
“And in fact, what we’ve seen throughout this week while all the noise was in Westminster that quietly here in Brussels hearts have been really hardening.
“And that includes traditional allies like Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden as well.
“Once the negotiated deal was voted down again this week, those like Angela Merkel just said ‘Right, this is it now. This is it’.
“And so in fact, what they would look at tonight and say ‘since a second referendum, a People’s Vote, was so heavily defeated, won’t that now please encourage some who would rather have a second referendum, move over to the soft Brexit campaign at least, so they can start uniting in larger numbers around one particular idea?’.
“That’s what the EU is hoping MPs could start doing.”
Last-minute talks are underway in Britain and Brussels to find a solution for Brexit following a momentous week in Parliament.
MPs voted in overwhelming numbers to delay Brexit and extend Article 50, two days after Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was heavily defeated for a second time.
Now Mrs May is holding urgent discussions with the DUP ahead of an attempt to bring back her deal for a third meaningful vote.
The Unionists rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal this week over continued legal wrangling about the Irish backstop.
Across the channel, EU leaders are meeting ahead of a two-day summit next week to decide whether Britain is allowed to get an Article 50 extension or not.
Britain is still scheduled to leave the EU in two weeks on March 29 following two years of negotiations.
Published at Sat, 16 Mar 2019 00:08:00 +0000