One of the top officials of the European Union has said that the probability of the United Kingdom abandoning Brexit altogether and staying in the bloc has slightly increased in the past months, however, there is no public support for a second referendum.
During an interview with the Funke Media Group, Guenther Oettinger, a European Commissioner, said that there is still a possibility that the MPs will vote for the withdrawal agreement of Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in January.
The vote was originally scheduled for earlier this December, however, the British Prime Minister abandoned the plans after she was not able to gather enough support in parliament.
The vote has now been rescheduled for the week beginning the 14th of January, ahead of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union that is set on the 29th of March next year.
In the interview, Oettinger stated: “It is not entirely unlikely that the British parliament will vote for the divorce agreement in January.”
He added: “There is certainly no majority for a disorderly Brexit or for a new referendum.”
Oettinger is responsible for the budgets of the European Union. He said that even though the possibility of the United Kingdom remaining in the EU had increased, “I assume that it will come to an exit at the end of March.”
Earlier this December, it was revealed that Brits travelling to the European Union would not have to secure a visa, however, they could be forced to pay €7 (£6.32) every three years to enter the bloc.
Today the top police officer of Britain informed the BBC’s Today programme that a no deal Brexit could threaten the ability of the United Kingdom to extradite people from abroad.
Cressida Dick, a Met Commissioner, said that leaving the bloc without a deal in place would also make it harder to access the criminal databases of Europe.
She stated: “We will have to replace some of the things we currently use in terms of access to databases, the way in which we can quickly arrest and extradite people, these kinds of things, we’ll have to replace as effectively as we can.”
She added: “That will be more costly, undoubtedly, slower, undoubtedly and, potentially, yes, put the public at risk.”