UNITED KINGDOM (OBSERVATORY) — The European Parliament, which should ratify the Brexit treaty, does not intend to agree to a deal at any cost, said a statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli.
The secession agreement, that is, the terms of a “divorce” of the UK and the union, was worked out in difficult negotiations with the EU by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, who resigned amid failures with Brexit. This agreement was rejected by the country’s parliament.
The backstop provisions – the border of Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) and the EU country of Ireland, which is located on the same island with Northern Ireland, have been and remain a stumbling block in the agreement.
Britain, which, according to the current plan, should leave the EU on October 31, recently made a number of proposals to the EU to solve the backstop problem, and negotiations are ongoing between the European Commission and the country. According to Sassoli, the European Parliament has studied the proposals of Britain, but they are far from what the EP can agree to.
“As I explained (to British Prime Minister Boris) Johnson, parliament will not agree to a deal at all costs. We will not agree to an agreement that undermines Good Friday Agreement (across Ireland – eds.) And the peace process or jeopardizes the integrity of our single market,” he declared.
Earlier, the EC noted that among the goals that should be achieved in solving the backstop problem, is to prevent the emergence of a tight border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit, to maintain cooperation between south and north on the island where Ireland and Northern Ireland are located, and to protect a single EU market and the place of Ireland in it.
The head of the EP also believes that at present there are two alternatives to an organized Brexit – postponing his date or leaving the country without an deal. At the same time, he recalled that the EP agrees to grant the UK a delay, if there are good reasons for this.
The country itself must request a reprieve, and the leaders of the remaining states in the EU give permission.
According to Sassoli, a tough Brexit, that is, without an ratified agreement on the conditions of this process, would be a very poor outcome of events with very serious consequences, including for the island of Ireland. At the same time, the head of the EP hopes that Britain’s exit from the EU without a deal can still be avoided.
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