The European Commission, the institute leading the negotiations on behalf of Brussels, is preparing to take a break instead of helping the Prime Minister swiftly bring a swift end to the Brexit chaos. Eurocrats instead want to focus their minds on a “positive agenda” over the course of Britain’s Brexit delay. The Commission’s chief spokesman repeated warnings that the bloc would continue to refuse renegotiations of Mrs May’s hated withdrawal agreement despite her ongoing struggles to convince MPs to support the deal.
“There will be no renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement during the time of the extension,” the spokesman said.
“What I want to say is we are now, in this house, taking a Brexit break. We are back to our positive agenda.”
Express.co.uk understands Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has spurned the opportunity to go on holiday after top-level orders to avoid Brexit.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has bemoaned that Brussels has been “over-focused on matters relating to Brexit and under-focused on others”.
Mr Barnier yesterday put himself at odds with his boss after supporting Emmanuel Macron’s push for a short Brexit delay.
Mr Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk both threw their collective weight behind an extension that could have seen Britain remain in the EU until March 2020.
But Mr Barnier’s aides revealed that he believed only a brief delay would ensure “time pressure” was put on MPs in Westminster to support Mrs May’s deal.
In the early hours of this morning EU leaders agreed to push the Brexit date back until October 31, opening the door for a potential no deal Halloween horror show for Brussels.
The bloc will “review” the Brexit process at June’s European Council summit after demand from Mr Macron to lock Britain into a series of brutal conditions in exchange for the delay.
But despite the French President’s protests, EU leaders will unable to cut short Britain’s membership of the bloc.
Britain, however, will have to leave the bloc by June 1 if the Prime Minister doesn’t organise European Parliament elections in the country.
During his post-summit briefing, Mr Tusk warned Mrs May must “waste this time” given to her by EU leaders.