Paralysis of Brexit prompted to speak of a British election or a second referendum, but a curious
side effect could be the British having to vote for a parliament of the EU
they had decided to leave, reports Reuters.
Britain is scheduled
to leave the European Union on March 29, two months before the citizens of the other
27 EU Member States elect a new European Parliament.
But with Prime
Minister Theresa May is unlikely to win the support of the British Parliament
week for his withdrawal treaty from the EU, speculation goes up that London will try
delay departure, creating a legal puzzle for Brussels.
"We are looking into what
that might mean, but very few things are clear, legally, and
depends on what Britain decides to do, "said a senior EU official, describing
growing debate around Brussels and EU Member States.
The main complications include
how long can a British extension ask for its two-year release time under
Article 50 of the EU Treaty – especially when he leaves before or after the
the current EU legislature lapses on 1 July
Other problems include if
an extension could end up canceling the Brexit, whether it's a need for
The British to vote for new EU representatives could be postponed beyond May, and if
the new EU chamber will have to ratify the terms of Brexit.
informally. There was no formal proposal and made a proposal
must be launched by the British government at some point, "said Richard
Corbett, a leading member of the British Labor Party in the European Parliament (MEP).
A European affair
Minister of an EU government said the British perspective of having to hold a
vote in late May to elect MEPs in a room where they were still about to leave
would be "crazy politically, but legally we would have no other option".
A second European official
Britain had declared to the EU that it had planned budget elections, with no
Brexit, would have been scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd.
Asked about these
the British Electoral Commission said it did not have a plan for the elections, but
"Experienced in holding well organized and unplanned elections and can attract
on this expertise as needed. "
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