Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier is meeting with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, today in order to discuss the current state of play regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.
Federal Minister Altmaier said: “The EU has demonstrated its unity in the Brexit negotiations. By arranging the flexible extension to the deadline until the end of October, we have also shown that we are doing everything within our power to give our British partners the necessary time in which to take their decision. It is now up to the government and Parliament in the UK to establish how they wish to proceed.”
The British Parliament has so far held three votes rejecting the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the British government and the European Commission and endorsed by the European Council as well as the political declaration on the future relations. On 10 April 2019, the European Council agreed on a flexible extension until 31 October 2019 at the latest of the exit deadline pursuant to Art. 50 TEU in consensus with the British government. This means that European Parliament elections must be held in the UK. Once the withdrawal agreement has been ratified, the UK can leave the EU as of the first day of the following month. All the options remain open to the British government.