UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Brussels doubts that this will not spill over into the next three months of meaningless disputes.
European countries are clearly disappointed with the long history with Brexit. The Netherlands and France add fuel to the fire, according to Reuters, whose statements increase the likelihood that London will no longer receive any deferment from Brussels.
In particular, on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the European Union does not intend to “every three months” to grant London a deferral of Brexit. Later, the country’s prime minister called on ministries to prepare more actively for Britain to leave the EU.
“Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union without an agreement will necessarily lead to some disruption of current relations with London,” said Edward Philippe.
At about the same time, the Dutch Foreign Minister said in an interview that Brexit is still better than no delay without a deal.
Of course, Brussels understands perfectly well that the worse the UK will have, the stronger the resonance in Europe will be. “None of the 27 EU countries wants to drive the British to the brink of an abyss, but they must act in good faith,” one of the EU’s senior diplomats told Reuters, adding that the bloc’s officials and diplomats need real evidence that if they receive a delay London will spend it on real action, not just another squabble.
In theory, Prime Minister Boris Johnson should prove this. He has already stated: “I have an important meeting on October 17, and no matter how many tricks this parliament thinks to tie my hands, I will strive to reach an agreement in the national interests” after a vote lost in parliament. But the fact is that Johnson does not want to ask for any delay: he needs “Brexit at all costs.”
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