BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are more likely to maintain a particular summit on Brexit in mid-November once they hope to be capable to log off on a divorce take care of Britain, diplomats and officers mentioned on Monday.
Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave flags exterior the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, September 10, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
With the Irish border problem nonetheless the primary stumbling block, EU ministers assembly in Brussels subsequent Tuesday will focus on holding the extraordinary summit as a result of they now not anticipate to clinch a deal at an everyday gathering scheduled for Oct.18-19.
Earlier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier advised a discussion board in Slovenia he believed a divorce take care of Britain may very well be agreed in six to eight weeks if negotiators are real looking of their calls for.
Barnier’s feedback pushed sterling to a five-week excessive.
Some diplomats mentioned Nov. 13 was one date into consideration for the extraordinary summit, although others mentioned it was nonetheless a shifting goal.
Some EU officers say a take care of Britain in December, and even as late as January, may go away nearly sufficient time for the British and the European parliaments to ratify the settlement.
The least seemingly situation, however one which some EU diplomats have additionally thought of, is that Britain would ask to lengthen the talks past the present exit date of March 29, 2019.
Such an extension could be domestically very sophisticated for British Prime Minister Theresa May, who’s below heavy strain from sections of her Conservative Party to honor that leaving date. The different 27 EU member states would additionally need to agree unanimously to any extension of the negotiations.
EU sources say that may solely be attainable if the negotiators had been actually very near sealing a deal and ran out of time for purely technical causes, moderately than due to political wrangling.
In any case, they are saying an extension would solely be attainable for just a few weeks as the present EU parliament – which should log off on any Brexit deal – holds its final plenary session on April 15-18, 2019.
The EU will maintain elections in May to choose a brand new meeting and the consensus in Brussels is that Britain have to be out by then.
Additional reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Gareth Jones