Britain will only be granted a Brexit extension by the EU if it agrees to hold a general election or a second referendum, it emerged on Wednesday night.
Davide Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, set out the condition during a debate in Brussels. Sassoli revealed he discussed the plans directly with John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, in London on Tuesday.
Sassoli told the European Parliament: “I had a fruitful discussion with Speaker Bercow in which I set out my view that any request for an extension should allow the British people to give its views in a referendum or an election.”
France’s Europe Minister Amélie de Montchalin backed the plan and said: “If there are new elections or a new referendum, if there is a political shift leading us to believe we could have a different dialogue from the one we have today, then an extension can be discussed.”
Johnson has repeatedly called for a general election but has been thwarted by Remain-backing MPs who have said they will only vote for one if he delays Brexit.
On Wednesday night EU leaders appeared to signal that any extension would be contingent on an election or second referendum.
Their comments came as the negotiations over Boris Johnson’s proposed Brexit deal are expected to come to a conclusion in the next 24 hours.
Via The Telegraph