The European Union is furious about UK’s hesitation to implement the outcome of the Brexit Referendum. One after the other, EU Officials urge the UK to submit its Brexit request as soon as possible. After the historic Brexit decision, the heavy guns of the EU and Germany see themselves under immense pressure for a reorganization and insist on a quick withdrawal of Britain.
President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz (German SPD), even sent a deadline and demanded that it submits its EU-exit request by Tuesday, the day the EU Summit takes place.
“A reluctance to deliver is just tactics of the British Conservatives and it harms all.”
Schulz did not elaborate on what will happen if UK does not deliver by Tuesday. Will the EU kick UK from …? Oh, wait!
The conservatives in EP are also pushing for a quick delivery and the head of the conservative EPP Group, Manfred Weber (German CSU), criticized the behavior of the British government. “The start of the waiting game in London is unacceptable,” Weber told the Bild am Sonntag and pleaded for a quick exit “within the planned period of two years, better even within one year.”
In an interview also to Bild, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said “Out is Out” and urged UK too to deliver.
BILD: What was the key factor in the defeat of the EU supporters?
Juncker: With hindsight, it is always easy to blame everyone else. The usual reflex is for the finger to be pointed at Brussels. Yet in this case, that is completely wrong: the referendum was called by the British Prime Minister and not by the European Parliament, the Commission or the European Council.[…]
BILD: How will you now deal with the British – will they receive a special status or will they be treated like any other third country?
Juncker: Out means out. The EU Treaties are clear on this matter. Article 50 governs the exit from the European Union and there can also be no renegotiation. Now it is firstly a matter of a clean divorce, because citizens and companies need legal certainty. Can there be a new partnership with the United Kingdom one day? All 27 Member States would have to agree to that. And the United Kingdom would first have to reflect on what it wants itself. There will certainly be no cherry-picking
Already the same day the Referendum outcome was announced, the EU Four issued a tough statement urging UK to submit its Brexit request immediately.
The 6 EU founding members, the Foreign Ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands who met on Saturday upon an invitation by Berlin kept the same tune.
“We now expect the UK government to provide clarity and give effect to this decision as soon as possible. The relevant provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (article 50 TEU) provide for an orderly departure,” the joint statement said among others.
Of course, the statement of EU’s founding members has no institutional role whatsoever, it’s just a symbolic move to show that in the democratic EU some members are more privileged than the others who tend to be the pariahs working for the privileged ones.
Nevertheless, while the EU loves to see the Brexit as granted and procedures to start …yesterday, the UK is not in a hurry to deliver. Prime Minister David Cameron told the public that
“an exit would not happen soon, as he intended to resign in three months and leave it to his successor to decide “when to trigger Article 50″ of the union’s basic agreement, the Lisbon Treaty, which says that a member state has two years after declaring its desire to leave to negotiate the terms of its exit.”
Also the man considered most likely to be UK’s prime minister in October, Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, who led the Leave campaign also seemed in no hurry to get the process started.
“In voting to leave the EU, it is vital to stress that there is no need for haste,” Johnson said, “and indeed, as the prime minister has just said, nothing will change over the short term, except that work will have to begin on how to give effect to the will of the people and to extricate this country from the supranational system.”
However, there is another little detail, the legal one: the Referendum was advisory and not mandatory.
“Legal blogger David Allen Green has explained clearly, the measure Britons just voted for “was an advisory not a mandatory referendum,” meaning that it is not legally binding on the government. No matter who the prime minister is, he or she is not required by the outcome to trigger Article 50. And, despite what senior figures in the EU and its other states might say, there is no way for them to force the UK to invoke Article 50.” (via The Intercept)
In a latest development, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that the Scottish Parliament could veto the Brexit and block the implementation of the Referendum outcome.
Scotland could try to veto British exit from the European Union, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the BBC‘s Sunday Politics Scotland programme.
But all these internal developments are minor details and apparently non existent for the European Union that claims to suddenly have discovered “democracy” and respect people’s will.” The EU wants Brexit now and most probably tough conditions to scaremonger other exit-ambitious EU members.
Juncker’s full interview in English here
PS Don’t tell Schulz, Juncker, & the 6 founding EU-members about Sturgeon’s intentions because they cannot deal with another crisis. They will collapse and bring the Institution down.