EU fears Brexit hold-up, unpredictability after shock UK vote

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By Reuters/Updated: June 09, 2017

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party's Headquarters after Britain's election in London, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party’s Headquarters after Britain’s election in London, June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders fear Prime Minister Theresa May’s shock loss of her bulk in the snap British election will postpone Brexit talks due to begin this month therefore raise the danger of settlements stopping working.

” We do not know when Brexit talks begin. We understand when they need to end,” tweeted Donald Tusk, the EU top chair managing settlements that the EU had actually prepared to begin on June 19.

His referral to the March 2019 due date when Britain will run out the European Union with or without a predetermined offer to prevent legal limbo for organisations and individuals showed installing issue that British mayhem might even more interrupt all Europe.

” Do your finest to prevent a ‘no offer’ as outcome of ‘no settlements’,” Tusk stated, requiring seriousness to avoid the threat that, having actually bound Britain in March to a two-year countdown to Brexit, May’s stopped working electoral gamble might lose additional time.

Guenther Oettinger, the German member of the EU executive, cautioned that a weak British management was an issue for the Union: “We require a federal government that can act,” he informed the Deutschlandfunk radio station. “With a weak working out partner, there’s the risk that the settlements will turn out severely.”

Oettinger’s manager, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, informed a German paper: “It’s up to the British to make the next relocation … We’ve been prepared to work out for months.”

Juncker’s Brexit arbitrator Michel Barnier explained talks might just now begin when Britain has a group in location: “Brexit settlements need to begin when UK is prepared,” he tweeted.

” Timetable and EU positions are clear. Let’s put our minds together on striking an offer.”

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe fasted to scotch any idea that Britain may ask and do a u-turn to remain in the EU – something that would require EU contract.

Couple of Europeans voiced much compassion for May. Some compared her to her predecessor David Cameron, who looked for to silence Eurosceptic fellow Conservatives by calling the referendum on EU subscription which ended his profession and surprised Europe.


” Yet another own objective, after Cameron now May, will make currently complicated settlements much more complex,” tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, the liberal previous Belgian premier who is the European Parliament’s point male for the Brexit procedure.

German conservative Markus Ferber, an EU legislator associated with conversations on access to EU markets for Britain’s monetary sector, was scathing: “At the most unfortunate point,” he stated, “The British political system remains in overall chaos. Rather of steady and strong management we witness turmoil and unpredictability.”

Might, who had actually wared Brexit in 2015, provided her terms for withdrawal on March 29 that consisted of a tidy break from the EU single market. She then called a breeze election wishing for a huge bulk to reinforce her negotiating hand.

That was likewise the broadly wanted result in Brussels, where leaders thought that a more powerful May would be much better able to cut compromise handle the EU and withstand pressure from hardline pro-Brexit factions in her celebration to go out without an offer.

Elmar Brok, a popular German conservative member of the EU parliament, stated Europeans would be dissatisfied: “Now no prime minister will have that space for manoeuvre,” he stated.

European leaders have actually mostly quit thinking about the possibility that Britain may alter its mind and ask to remain.

The majority of now appear to choose that the bloc’s second-biggest economy leave efficiently and rapidly. Having actually recuperated from in 2015’s shock, Germany, France and other powers see Brexit as an opportunity to tighten up EU combination without the uncomfortable British.

As news of British trouble broke, Juncker was introducing a brand-new push for a broadened EU defence job which Britain long opposed, fearing a clash with the U.S.-led NATO alliance.


A breakdown in settlements might result in Britain stopping to be an EU member without having in location the sort of legal arrangements that would prevent a disorderly limbo for services and individuals. That would likewise make it unlikely that Britain might protect the quick open market contract it desires with the EU after it leaves.

In a note to customers, UBS composed that a breakdown in talks was now most likely and would make it more difficult to reach a trade offer: “A tighter political balance might make it simpler for Eurosceptics … to avoid the federal government from using the compromises had to protect a trade offer.”

Talk in Britain that a various judgment union might look for a “softer” Brexit than May has actually proposed, perhaps looking for to stay in the single market, is likewise bothersome for the EU.

While the other 27 states would rather perhaps want to encompass Britain the very same type of access to EU markets they use to Norway or Switzerland, they have actually explained that would indicate Britain continuing to pay into the EU budget plan and comply with EU guidelines, consisting of on complimentary migration throughout the bloc, while not having any state in how the Union’s policies are set.

” Maybe there will not be a difficult Brexit,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende stated. “Maybe Britain will need to reveal higher versatility in the settlements.”

EU authorities question how any British federal government might convince citizens to accept a Norway-style plan and so would be cautious of beginning down the course of negotiating it for worry of ending up without an offer that both sides might validate in 2019.