Britain may veto EU draft budget if Brexit is postponed

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The UK government can sabotage the work of EU governing bodies in case the community does not agree to the Brexit implementation conditions proposed by London.

As The Sunday Telegraph reported on Saturday evening, two members of the British Cabinet confirmed that the United Kingdom is exploring the possibility of vetoing the draft EU budget if the date of the country’s withdrawal from the EU is rescheduled.

According to sources, the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson is discussing a “more aggressive” tactic for negotiating with Brussels. In the event that the European Union does not agree to the compromise proposed to it, the British side will prevent the adoption of the seven-year budget of the EU in March 2020.

London will also offer the EU the candidacy of an inveterate Eurosceptic for the post of European Commissioner for Great Britain. According to the article, Nigel Farage, the head of the Brexit Party, is expected to play this role in Johnson’s inner circle, who will create various difficulties for the leadership of the European Union.

In an article published in The Sunday Telegraph, British Brexit minister Stephen Barkley emphasized that the kingdom made big concessions to the EU to avoid the “hard” Brexit, and hoped that Brussels would also agree to a compromise, without trying instead to increase pressure on London.

“I will say the following to the European Union and the British parliamentarians opposed to Brexit: we will not step back. The government will never betray 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU,” Barkley wrote, adding that London’s latest proposals are the key to mutually beneficial cooperation between the parties the future.

At the same time, Prime Minister Johnson, whose article on Sunday Express published a Brexit article , said the British parliament would be ready to support the government’s draft deal with Brussels if agreed to by the EU. “I urge our European friends to seize the opportunity that our new proposal provides. Sit with us at the negotiating table, being ready for cooperation and compromise,” the head of government wrote.

– New deferment? –

On Wednesday, Johnson handed over to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker new London proposals on the Northern Ireland border, which remains the main obstacle to the conclusion of the Brexit deal. In the EU, the initiatives of the British government were met with no enthusiasm and noted in them the presence of problematic issues that should be addressed by London.

If the parties do not have time to reach an agreement within a week and a half remaining before the EU summit in Brussels on October 16-17, the UK exit from the community may again be delayed. In early September, the British parliament passed a law obliging Johnson to ask for the postponement of Brexit if a new deal with the European Union fails. At the same time, Johnson has repeatedly stated that he would rather be “lying dead in a ditch” than asking for a respite.

– Brexit process –

The United Kingdom was due to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, that is, two years after a written notice of leaving the community. However, members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament three times rejected the draft agreement on the conditions of Brexit, reached between Brussels and the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

As a result, the EU agreed to postpone Brexit, first to April or May, then to October 31, and May was forced to resign, failing to break the deadlock. Johnson, who replaced her, insists that the country will not ask Brussels for new postponements and must leave the European Union no later than October 31 with or without a deal.


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