UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Eight days before the planned Brexit date, the European Council is ready to postpone it until 22 May, provided the British parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week.
European Council members agreed to conditional postponement of British withdrawal from the EU on 22 May, according to a draft of the conclusions of the summit of 27 EU heads of state and government outside the UK United, meeting in Brussels.
According to the project quoted by Reuters, the UK may withdraw from the EU on May 22 instead of March 29 if British MPs ratify the withdrawal agreement next week. The text also specifies that no extension will be possible after the European elections scheduled from 23 to 26 May.
If the British parliamentarians do not ratify the agreement in time, a special meeting of the European Council could be convened, with a central scenario of a brutal Brexit. However, this text has already been rejected twice by the United Kingdom House of Commons.
The EU also confirms that it will not allow a revision of the withdrawal agreement.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, announced Wednesday, March 20 that a short postponement could be granted, provided that the United Kingdom adopts before March 29 the negotiated withdrawal agreement.
Prime Minister Theresa May officially asked the EU for a three-month postponement of Brexit until 30 June.
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