Leaked EU diplomatic note : UK’s extension request is not an option – report
The European Commission opposes Theresa May’s plan to delay Brexit until 30 June, according to a leaked internal EU diplomatic note.
The review of the Brexit situation says EU leaders will face a “binary” choice of a short extension to Article 50 to before May 23, or a long delay to at least the end of this year.
The review of the Brexit situation drawn up by EU officials adds that “any extension offered to the United Kingdom should either last until 23 May 2019 or should be significantly longer and require European elections,” the leaked document says.
“This is the only way of protecting the functioning of the EU institutions and their ability to take decisions” it emphasizes.
The document, drawn up for European Commissioners, says that “any other option (as for example an extension until 30 June 2019) would entail serious legal and political risks for the European Union and would import some of the current uncertainties in the United Kingdom into the EU27”.
On Wednesday Theresa May wrote a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk formally requesting an extension past next Friday, the day Britain is currently set to leave the EU. She said she was “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30 June”.
The decision of whether to extend and by how long is not up to Brussels but the 27 other EU member states, who must unanimously approve any delay.
Via The Independent