“UK solely responsible for no-deal exit”; EP reaffirms Withdrawal Agreement

A further extension of the negotiation period is possible

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The European Parliament (EP) has reaffirmed the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. It added that the United Kingdom (UK) would be solely responsible for a no-deal exit.

In a statement, the EP explained that it continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, as MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted today with 544 votes in favour, 126 against and 38 abstentions.

The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.

Following the decision held on 10th April where the European Council Special Summit accepted the UK’s request to prolong the Article 50 deadline, Britain is set to leave the EU by 31st October.

UK would have to assume full responsibility

Regarding recent developments in the UK, MEPs point out that the UK would have to assume full responsibility for a no-deal exit and the serious consequences that this would entail.

Parliament also emphasises that a no-deal scenario would not remove the UK’s obligations and commitments on financial settlements, protection of citizens’ rights, and compliance with the Good Friday Agreement, which are necessary preconditions for Parliament’s approval of any future relationship between the EU and the UK.

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A conditional extension is possible

Parliament also noted that a further extension of the Article 50 negotiation period is possible if requested by the UK, provided it is justified and has a specific purpose, such as avoiding a “no-deal” departure, holding general elections or a referendum, revoking Article 50, or approving the Withdrawal Agreement. They also add that an extension should not affect the work and functioning of the EU institutions.