EU never wanted revenge on Britain for Brexit decision: Barnier

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The European Union has never revenged Britain for the decision to leave the EU, said Brexit’s main negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier.

“The UK requested a way out (from the EU), and not vice versa. And we are not arrogant, we never wanted to punish or take revenge. Never, never, never. In my speeches there is not a single word of arrogance,” he said at a press conference.

After many months of negotiations, the European Union and the British government agreed on the terms of a “divorce” after many months of negotiations.

However, this document was not adopted by the parliament of the country due to the provisions contained in it on the Irish border, the so-called “backstop”.

This temporary mechanism, which may not be involved at all if the best solution is found, is designed to prevent the emergence after Brexit of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The European Union refused to return to negotiations on the agreement reached and to reconsider the issue of the Irish border, and its leaders said that this is the only possible and best agreement.

After this, the British Parliament has twice rejected this agreement. The EU made concessions and agreed on an addendum to the treaty that clarifies the situation with the backstamp. But this, as it turned out, did not convince the parliamentarians of Britain.

Brexit is, in fact, postponed until April 12. If the Brexit terms of agreement were supported by the majority of United Kingdom deputies, the postponement would last until May 22.

Earlier on Tuesday, Barnier said that if the British Parliament finally doesn’t accept the Brexit agreement in the coming days, there will be two possible developments: withdrawing the country from the union without an agreement or asking it for a longer postponement of the Brexit date.

The decision to grant such a delay will be taken by the leaders of the 27 countries remaining in the European Union.

Britain, if it will ask for a delay, will have to justify its desire to postpone Brexit, said Barnier. He believes that a new prolonged postponement of Brexit could be justified in the event of a new referendum in the UK or national elections.

However, the postponement of the separation of Great Britain from the European Union will not open up opportunities for new negotiations on an agreement on Brexit terms, Barnier stressed.

According to him, in view of the EU rules, if the country remains a member of the European Union on May 23, it will have to hold elections to the European Parliament, which are scheduled for the end of May, and nominate its member for the European Commission, given that the powers of the current European Commissioners end in 31 October this year.

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