Now the states of the EU determine British domestic politics
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In Brussels, there was an agreement to postpone the Brexit: several extension options are now on the table. One is the possibility for the British Parliament to find another exit from the EU.
DThe 27 EU Member States postponed Brexit at least two weeks after an unplanned session. At the same time, they offered the United Kingdom a dual path out of the Brexit crisis. If the lower house votes in the third attempt for the withdrawal agreement next week, the EU will start on May 22, a day before the European elections. This should give London time to implement the necessary adaptation of national law.
If there is no agreement in London on business, the deadline is 12 April. Then, at the latest, the British government must tell Brussels how to proceed. If it does not, the No Deal occurs, the disorderly exit. If London wants to go in new ways, this extension must include participation in European elections. April 12 is the UK deadline for preparing European elections.
How long should such an extension be, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has answered in a hazy way with the words "until the last one". This concession from the EU really gives the British Parliament a lot of political space.
Because it is possible that the lower house can still find the majority for another Brexit. With which Europeans help protect parliament, the government finally takes control of Brexit. The 27 members of the EU, so to speak, did domestic British politics on Thursday evening.
Second referendum still not excluded
Because in the lower room there is a consensus between factions for a softer Brexit. The Labor party spoke in favor of a customs union months ago – one of Theresa May's red lines. In their group, even some influential MPs are working on a model that sees Britain out of the EU, but closely similar to tethered Norway. These models also have the advantage that the Northern Ireland border is automatically left open and the controversial "backstop" has disappeared, which has solved a big problem in the negotiations.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn returned to Brussels on Thursday to meet not only the chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, but also several social democratic leaders. Labor Party representatives held talks with the European Commission for months. And Member States continue to stress that they are open to another model for future partnership. Only a few days ago, Barnier repeated the offer to make the so-called Political Declaration on future relations "more ambitious".
Furthermore, it is not entirely out of the question that Parliament will decide on a second referendum. So far there is no majority for this. But on Saturday, more than a million people are expected to ask for the so-called People's Vote in London. According to the polls, there is now a constant majority to stay in the EU. At the same time, more than two million people have signed a British petition Thursday night, saying the government should withdraw the request to resign. This is easily possible after a ruling by the European Court of Justice.