Antonio Tajani: Brexit Date Can Be Delayed By A Few Weeks

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The head of the European Parliament informed a German media outlet that it is important to prevent the United Kingdom from crashing out of the European Union in a disorderly way without a deal.

During an interview with the Funke group of newspapers, Antonio Tajani added that the date of Brexit can be delayed past the 29th of March by only a few weeks at most.

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are scheduled to vote on the Brexit plan of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, for a second time this coming Tuesday. PM May has said that, if her plan is defeated, the lawmakers will be able to vote this coming Wednesday and Thursday on whether they want to leave the bloc without a deal, or request for a short delay to Brexit.

In an interview that was published last Saturday, Tajani stated: “It’s a matter now of avoiding the biggest mistake of all – a chaotic Brexit without contractual arrangements in place.”

Such a disorderly no-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the British economy and would also hurt the EU, Tajani said, adding that he would be happy if Britain were to remain in the bloc.

Tajani said that the political declaration on Brexit could perhaps be slightly more formulated clearly, however, he ruled out introducing changes to the withdrawal agreement, especially on the issue of Northern Ireland.

He stated: “I’m convinced that the exit date can only be delayed by a maximum of several weeks – from the end of March to the start of July at most.”

Tajani said that the United Kingdom would need to provide a reason for postponing its exit from the European Union such as wanting to use the extra time to hold new elections or a new referendum.

He added.”they’ve decided to leave – it’s their problem, not ours,”

Tajani said that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union would prevent other countries from leaving the bloc. He added: “We need to change the European Union but we need to stick together.”