Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, warned British lawmakers that unless they backed her Brexit divorce deal after two crushing defeats, the exit of Britain from the European Union could experience a long delay and could involve taking part in European parliament elections.
Following two-and-a-half years of tortuous divorce talks with the European Union, the final result is still uncertain with options that include exiting with May’s deal, a long delay, another referendum, and a disorderly exit without a deal.
The British Prime Minister has issued Brexit supporters a clear ultimatum ordering ratification of her deal by a European Council summit on the 21sto of March or experience a delay to Brexit way beyond the 30th of June that would open up the likelihood that the entire divorce could be ultimately thwarted.
PM May bluntly warned that if there is a longer extension to the Brexit discussions, the United Kingdom will be required to take part in European parliamentary elections that are scheduled to place at the end of May.
In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, she stated: “If the proposal were to go back to square one and negotiate a new deal, that would mean a much longer extension – almost certainly requiring the United Kingdom to participate in the European Parliament elections in May.”
She added: “The idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about. There could be no more potent symbol of parliament’s collective political failure.”
Leaders of the European Union will consider pressing the United Kingdom to delay Brexit by at least a year to come up with a way out of the domestic maelstrom, even though there is shock and increasing impatience at the political chaos in London.
Her deal is considered in an attempt to keep close relations with the European Union while leaving the formal structures of the bloc. It was defeated by 230 votes in parliament on the 15th of January and by 149 votes on the 12th of March.
However, PM May continues to strive to build support for her plan, which is anticipated to be tabled before lawmakers for a third time next week, probably on Tuesday.