The British government leader Theresa May will visit her German colleague Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. They talk about Britain’s difficult departure from the European Union. A special European summit will be held in Brussels on Wednesday.
May wants to ask the other 27 EU countries to postpone the Brexit until the end of June. The other EU countries think that they should come up with a plan to make clear why further delay is useful and necessary.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also consulted by telephone with May on Monday. The British have to give guarantees for “loyal cooperation” to get a delay, he tweeted. “Everyone has an interest in an orderly brexit.” Rutte will speak again with May on Wednesday before the summit.
After long negotiations, the EU reached a basic agreement on the Brexit with the May government at the end of last year. However, it was repeatedly rejected by a majority in the British House of Commons. The brexit is supposed to be March 29, but that has been postponed to April 12. On Wednesday it should be postponed even further.
But there is as yet no prospect of a solution to the political impasse in England. May is still trying to get support for a ‘soft’ Brexit deal from the Labor opposition party. But the conversations about that, according to statements by Labor’s ‘Brexitman’, Keir Starmer, are silent and have not yet produced anything.