The European Council President insisted his push for a long Brexit delay, that will see Britain tied to the EU until October 31, makes room for Article 50 to be revoked by the Government. Mr Tusk urged Brussels not to treat Britain as a second class member because Brexit could be delayed once again. He told the European Parliament there could be British MEPs for “many months or maybe longer”.
On the Brexit delay, Mr Tusk told MEPs: “Last week the European Council of 27 leaders with the British Government agreed a flexible extension until October 31.
“This extension gives our British friends more time and political space to find a way out of the current situation.
“I hope they will use this time in the best possible way. The European Council is awaiting a clear message from the UK on the way forward.”
The former Polish prime minister maintained his stance that Britain could use the time to reverse Brexit.
Mr Tusk said Britain could use the extra time to “to help facilitate the ratification, the EU27 is ready to reconsider the political declaration on the future relationship if the UK position were to evolve”.
He added: “Only a long extension keeps all options remain on the table, such as ratification of current agreement or extra time to rescind Brexit if that were the wish of the British people.
In response to Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to force a short Brexit delay, Mr Tusk concluded: “I would like to say at this difficult moment in history, we need dreamers and dreams, we can not give into fatalism. I will not stop dreaming about a better and united Europe.”
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker insisted his institution is now going on a “Brexit break” after helping agree the long Brexit delay.
He added: “We are focused on other issues for our Union, on our positive agenda.”
Mr Juncker claimed he doesn’t beleive there will be a further delay past October 31.
He said: “The UK can request to revoke Article 50, that has been made very clear. But that is not my working hypothesis and it is not my working hypothesis that we will see a further extension.”
Published at Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:21:00 +0000