LONDON – The chaos and dysfunction of the British government was in full swing on Wednesday. Prime Minister Theresa May called for a brief delay in Britain's exit from the European Union after embittering in her Cabinet for her prolonged extension plan
The Cabinet deadlock underscored the government's political crisis as the deadline for withdrawal Britain from the block approached. Even Ms. May's spokesman confirmed this, saying that the prime minister had warned that this could happen if her Brexit plan were rejected.
In a letter to the leaders of the European Union, Ms May asked for an extension of the Article 50-B negotiation process. On June 30, there was a prospect that Britain might still suffer a disorderly withdrawal in the summer. Because of this possibility, the British pound fell in the news.
Her decision was sharply criticized by the opposition Labor Party.
"Theresa May wants once again to impose a binary choice between her deal and no deal, though Parliament has clearly excluded both parties These options last week," Brexit shadow secretary Keir Starmer said in a statement. "What the government should do is show real leadership and fulfill its commitments to overcome stagnation and achieve a real-life extension."
Restricting the demand for a brief delay is the latest in a series of political gyrations by Ms. May. Last week she said if Britain's parliament would not vote swiftly for its plans – which were twice rejected – then Britain would have a long delay and would have to attend the European elections in May.
It was this perspective This led to a rebellion of Brexit supporters in their cabinet on Tuesday – and reports of threats of resignation – which apparently led to another retreat. A brief delay will keep hopes among the persistent Brexit supporters in Parliament wanting to go unannounced, and they will now have little pressure to approve Ms. May's deal.
Although political paralysis over Brexit has been filed in Parliament, the decision to grant the delay lies with the European Union, whose leaders are said to have opted for a certain extension at their meeting in Brussels on Thursday. But that could be doubted now.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday before Deutschlandfunk that any decision by the European Union must be delayed by the end of May next week after new votes in Parliament. That could be on the eve of the British departure scheduled for March 29th.
An extension may be accompanied by conditions, and European leaders on Tuesday stressed that they want to see a strategy to solve the crisis. They fear that Ms May will not be enough for three months to succeed and that she will come back to request another summer delay. For legal reasons, this would be difficult for them, as Britain would not have participated in the European elections. Since May May's prime minister was May Ms. May's priority objective was to get Britain out of the block while maintaining the unity of London's conservative party.
With the start of negotiations in March 2017, it committed itself to March 29, 2019, within the two years provided by the block rules, either with or without agreement – a promise critics had pledged as one of their many misconceptions ,
In this mission, she has largely failed, and the underlying political issue for Ms. May remains unresolved. In Parliament, there is no majority for any approach other than a "soft" Brexit, with Britain remaining in the Union's customs union and close to its internal market. However, this would require bipartisan collaboration and certainly tear the Tories apart.
On the other hand, if a hardliner like the former foreign minister, Boris Johnson, relieved Mrs. May, this would as well be cause for widespread resignations and transitions among pro-European conservatives.
wife. May hopes that she can still save something from the rubble of her Brexit negotiations by making the delay too short. Extra time would at least counter the prospect of a disorderly, economically costly Brexit that would not have made a deal next week, and that Parliament has made clear that it wants to avoid this.
The continental economies would also be affected, if not as strong as the British One departure without a deal, it is unlikely that the leaders of the European Union completely reject Mrs. May. But her patience is put to the test.
wife. May is likely to try to return to parliament next week and hold another vote on its deal, even though the legislature twice rejected it by a large margin.
Their plan would eventually give Britain power over immigration from Europe, binding it to EU customs and trade rules by the end of 2020.
On Monday, Lower House spokesman John Bercow said the Prime Minister could not bring their deal to a third vote this week, citing parliamentary rules drawn up in 1604 to ban multiple referendums on the same proposal.
Depending on what the talks with the European Union suggest, Ms May could return next week with a modified proposal, which makes it more difficult for Mr Bercow to block another effort by Ms May to get a vote in Parliament receive.
If her deal is again rejected by the legislature, Ms. May may be forced to change course, and may allow Parliament to consider other options to keep closer ties with the European Union.
wife. May, if not persistent, will not abandon her unpopular plan for Brexit. In fact, she is characterized by the fact that she was buying more time, and a delay would give her at least a few more weeks to solve the crisis before another critical deadline was reached. Enlargement is not an easy affair, which explains why on Tuesday in the Cabinet led to such bitter divisions.
For legal reasons, a delay after the end of June would likely require UK participation in the next European Parliament elections. British plans to leave the block are mocked.
As a further legal matter, a decision must be taken in the second week of April on whether the elections should be held and, in fact, delayed for longer. The Brexitians want to use the upcoming European elections as a kind of restraint system to borrow a sentence to force Britain to leave the country, as it would be legally problematic to stay in the bloc without representatives in the European Parliament.
If a long delay were uncomfortable for Britain, it would not be easy for the European Union either. This would mean that the British, despite their efforts to leave the club, enjoy full membership rights.
In this case, European officials fear that Great Britain might try to use its power to paralyze the block's other business to make more concessions on its exit deal.