Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said that she is hoping that the crisis in the cross-party discussions in London that is aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union can produce a common position by the time that the leaders of the bloc are scheduled to meet next week.
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister whose deal to leave the European Union has been rejected in the British parliament three times already, has turned to the opposition Labour Party in a last-ditch attempt to pass the divorce terms that she signed with the leaders of the European Union last November.
During news conference with Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister, in Dublin, Merkel stated: “We hope that intensive discussions in London can lead even by next Wednesday, when we will have our extraordinary summit, to a position that British Prime Minister Theresa May can present to us, that we can then discuss.”
She added: “We will then stay together as 27. We will do everything, as I’ve already said, to the last hour to prevent a disorderly exit.”
The German Chancellor said that there had been a lot of movement in the British position over the last few days and Varadkar, whose nation is the most exposed member state to the effect of a no deal Brexit, said that the leaders of the European Union must be patient while negotiations continue in London.
Varadkar stated: “We said that if the UK had not ratified the withdrawal agreement it should come forward with a clear plan for the way forward by next week or it would leave the European Union on April 12 without a deal.”
He added: “This is an outcome that none of us wants to see. Matters continue to play out in London and I think we need to be patient and understanding of the predicament they’re in. But of course, any further extension must require and must have a credible and realistic way forward.”