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France Weighs as UK Attempts Brexit
France’s President Macron has threatened to not accept any Brexit deal if Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May’s Deal again.
Final Deal Yet?
President Macron has said that the United Kingdom (UK) would have to leave without a deal if the Brexit withdrawal agreement was rejected next week. He said this upon arrival at the European Union (EU) summit in Brussels on March 21.
This comes as Theresa May announced to the British public on March 20, that Britain would not leave the EU on 29 March without a deal. In her speech, she declared herself on the side of the British public, blaming Members of Parliament (MPs) for some of Brexit’s failures.
“I am on your side. It is now time for MPs to decide.”
The EU rejected her request to extend the Brexit period until June 30. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that the EU might consider a short extension period until May 22 if the May Deal was accepted in Parliament.
This was to ensure the UK would not remain a EU member for the European Parliament elections on May 23-26.
Once, Twice, Three Times: Failure to Brexit
PM May’s deal previously failed Parliament twice. In March, MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal in January and by 391 to 242. Additionally, Speaker of the House John Bercow has said he will not allow any further votes on it unless substantial changes are made.
The most likely outcomes for this comes down to either a) no-deal forced by the EU, or b) May’s deal, if it accepted in Parliament. The high rejection rate and the announcement by the speaker suggest this is even less likely than a no-deal.
There is intense pressure being put on Prime Minister May by leaders within the EU. Simply, May must either force Parliament to accept the deal or accept the UK will be leaving without a deal. President Macron has been the latest to voice this.