Prime Minister Theresa May was open to a further one-year extension of his transitional period, which was originally scheduled for the EU by the end of his country’s exit from the EU, said insider sources following the opening day of the EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
The Wednesday trial was entirely about Brexit, as it should have been agreed in principle on the conditions for British extradition, but that failed.
Following the opening of the meeting, the British Prime Minister spoke for about 15 minutes, welcomed progress, he believed that he was close to the deal and declared ready to consider the proposal to extend the transitional period.
Theresa May said in her speech that the parties should “show courage, confidence and leadership” in order to resolve the remaining disputes. He has praised the achievements so far and the ties between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
He repeatedly stated that a creative solution was needed to resolve the stalemate in the negotiations, a “workable” guarantee that guarantees open borders between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Of the leaders of the remaining countries, no one has spoken after the British Prime Minister’s assessment, followed by a meeting with Michel Barnier, EU negotiator, without Theresa May, for twenty-six days. According to a senior EU official, the participants agreed that, despite the intensive negotiations, progress made so far is not enough to make a summit of an extraordinary Brexit Summit in November.
An anonymity diplomat pointed out: the twenty-two have called for resumption of negotiations, but there is no plan for an extraordinary peak until mid-November, only in case of breakthroughs. But Michel Barnier was assured of their support, he added.
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, said that “no substantial new content” was said, but “his body language was more positive than before.”
In order to reach a settlement agreement, it is essential to settle the issue of Irish-Northern Ireland border control, which is the main controversy of the negotiations. This extension would not, in itself, resolve, but it would take more time for the commercial contract to be brought to a standstill during the transitional period. With the future agreement, it would be possible to avoid the Irish “re-solving” rejected by London, to which the EU will continue to insist on restoring hard borders.
According to a British official, however, the extension “will not break anything, yet the United Kingdom would have to write the emergency solution for the Northern Ireland border control, to which the EU insists.”