Extending Brexit negotiations shouldn’t just serve to postpone no-deal – Sant

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Extending Brexit negotiations shouldn't serve to postpone a no-deal - Sant

Alfred Sant in the EP in Strasbourg

EU/UK extended negotiations should not merely serve to postpone a no-deal Brexit. That would be disastrous, MEP Alfred Sant told the European Parliament.

The Maltese MEP was speaking during the debate on the ‘Preparation of the European Council meeting of 21 and 22 March and UK’s withdrawal from the EU’ at the European Parliament, Strasbourg.

“It is likely that a request for extension of the Brexit negotiations will soon materialise,” Dr Sant Said.

He pointed out that “to fulfil the objective of the extension and end this impasse, the UK Government has to bring to the EU Heads of State and Government a clear vision of the form of the future relationship that is sought. This is currently lacking.”

“The length of any extension should depend on this vision, and also on the extent to which the European block would want to negotiate. The European side still needs to make its position more transparent.,” he said.

Dr Sant also asked, “regarding the backstop for Northern Ireland, is it true that an approach modelled on the situation between West and East Germany in the past has been ignored? If so, why?”

“If indeed, the withdrawal agreement is not negotiable, it would not make sense to allow the continuation of the negotiations for a much longer period, going say, beyond the EU election day,” said that MEP.

“The ongoing controversies within the British political system, will not help,” stated Dr Sant. “Using the possible extension to push for a second referendum could push the country towards more chaos.”

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