There is still not enough progress to be made in negotiating the conditions for the United Kingdom’s EU demarcation to begin negotiating on trade issues, “the European Parliament said in a Tuesday’s vote, adopted by a large majority.
In a document approved by the MP at the plenary session in Strasbourg, it has been pointed out that the four rounds of negotiations so far have not progressed well and that if there is no breakthrough in the forthcoming fifth round next week, it is not yet possible to proceed to the second phase of conciliation on future relations.
In this case, the leaders of EU member states remaining after Brexit have to postpone their decision on their possible move to their meeting on 19-20 October – in the resolution adopted by 557 votes in favor, 92 against, 29 abstentions.
As it was written, it is important to make concrete proposals from Theresa May’s British Prime Minister’s statement of 22 September to speed up negotiations on major issues of exclusion, citizenship rights, British financial obligations against the EU and Irish-Northern Ireland border controls.
In his speech, Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Commission, called the progress so far. He stressed that there are positive, but there are still great differences of opinion between the parties, especially regarding financial settlement.
With regard to the latter, he emphasized that “this is not a punishment or a ransom, simply settling the accounts”.
At the meeting, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also expressed a similar opinion that trade negotiations can not be started yet.
Juncker said that there are some results in terms of citizens’ rights, but the “indispensable role” of the EU court has not yet been agreed. He also welcomed the fact that the British government finally acknowledged the fact that leaving the island did not cease to meet its financial obligations, but pointed out that “the devil lies in the details”.
The debate was also discussed by György Schöpflin, a Fidesz, who said “it is as if the British live on another planet and not negotiate with the EU, but with themselves”.
He argued that the course of the negotiations was slow and scathing, and underlined that the remaining Member States would preserve their unity, even though British diplomacy would follow everything to share the “twenty-two”.
Zoltán Balczó, a better representative, warned that a fair resignation should also take into account the fair interests of the British.
“Are we equivocal when we expect us to accept the EU court’s jurisdiction after the exit, or when we want to forbid any prior trade negotiations with third countries?” Balczó asked.
“If we want to punish Brits for the exit, we’re going to have a dangerous road, because there will not be an organized exit, which will be the loser on both sides,” he said.
In his written comment, Péter Niedermüller, politician of the Democratic Coalition, among other things, emphasized that he would only vote for the convention if he clearly defends citizenship rights, ensuring the rights of Hungarians living in the United Kingdom.
Tibor Szanyi MSZP’s Representative said that “a definite and consistent brexit behavior in the EU must be demanded from the governments of our own Member States to protect the interests of our citizens”.
“The discussion of our common EU negotiating position on the country that is about to leave will be a danger of giving a horse to Orbán and Kaczinsky’s anti-European nationalists or potential future followers,” he said.
Any EPC will also have to approve any exclusion treaty, so the body will ultimately be able to veto the parties’ treaty, and in that case, when the deadline for the negotiation expires, the EU treaties would simply be expelled for the island.
Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon states that EU membership will expire two years after the date of the entry into force of the exit contract and, in the absence thereof, the date of departure, that is, in this case, on 29 March 2019, but discontinuance negotiations may be extended by consensus decision by the Member States.