European leaders will delay Brexit AGAIN and AGAIN to avoid getting the blame for a No Deal if Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab try to tear up the withdrawal agreement
- EU will used Article 50 extensions as a weapon if Theresa May’s deal is dumped
- Brussels fears that a Brexiteer PM will make leaving with No Deal their priority
- Jean-Claude Juncker said he was ‘crystal clear’ ‘there will be no renegotiation’
- Tusk said Brexit was behind a pro-European majority in elections last week
- Tories vying to replace May have vowed to get Withdrawal Agreement changed
Brussels will fight any attempts by Britain to leave with No Deal by trying to impose multiple Brexit delays on the UK, it was claimed today.
The EU is said to be preparing to extend Article 50 more than once if the new Tory leader tears up Theresa May’s deal with the bloc.
Candidates Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey have all said that they would pull Britain out with No Deal unless the EU rips the Irish Backstop from Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
But Eurocrats are ready to shove Britain ‘back to the wall’ – and delay Brexit after October 31 – if a hard Brexiteer takes over as Prime Minister.
A source told The Sun: ‘The new Prime Minister doesn’t have any ownership of the deal so the withdrawal agreement seems to be off the table. But similarly No Deal is off the table – the only solution is extensions until something changes in the UK’.
He added: ‘It’s clear we’ll extend further until the political landscape in the UK changes, because I don’t see the deal will be miraculously adopted’.
The EU cannot impose an Article 50 extension without the agreement of the prime minister – but remainers in Parliament are expected to try to take it off the table with Brexiteers claiming Speaker John Bercow will help them achieve it.
Outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said he was ‘crystal clear’ with Mrs May that ‘there will be no renegotiation’ of the Withdrawal Agreement
former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said the EU would not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement ‘before the 12th hour of the night’
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told Theresa May last night he was ‘crystal clear there will be no renegotiation’ when they met on the sidelines of a summit in Brussels.
And Donald Tusk caused fury by compared Brexit to a disease – but claimed the political chaos in Britain meant it was a ‘vaccine’ that would stop other countries trying to leave.
Mrs May was told last night that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened as a senior Eurocrat said Britain’s Brexit paralysis was acting as a ‘vaccine’ against further EU separatism.
Outgoing European Council president Donald Tusk, who has been a more sympathetic voice in the EU later said that he believes the Brexit fall-out was behind a pro-European majority across the bloc in elections last week.
‘As European see what Brexit means in practice, they also draw conclusions. Brexit has been a vaccine against anti-EU propaganda and fake news,’ he said.
Their comments came as a host of Tories vying to replace Mrs May as party leader and Prime Minister vowed to get either small or wholesale changes to the Withdrawal Agreement if elected.
Today former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis claimed that the EU would have to leave the EU before Brussels caved in.
He told the BBC that the EU would not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement ‘before the 12th hour of the night’, adding: ‘Any rethinking of any potential freezing of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, any rethinking about the Irish border and so on, will come after such a deadline.
‘It is not something I want to see but there is no doubt that the EU knows how to minimise the cost of a failed process.’
European Council president Donald Tusk, who has been a more sympathetic voice in the EU later said that he believes the Brexit fall-out was behind a pro-European majority across the bloc in elections last week
Nigel Farage (pictured left) has dismissed claims by Tory leadership contender Jeremy Hunt (right) that pursuing a No Deal Brexit would be ‘political suicide’
Some Tory leadership candidates including Boris Johnson (pictured) have reacted to the party’s mauling at the European elections by vowing to leave the EU without a deal if necessary
It came after Nigel Farage lambasted Tory leadership candidates who claim they could renegotiate a better Brexit deal than the one tabled by Theresa May, saying it is ‘absolute rubbish’ to think the EU would change even ‘one dot or comma’.
The triumphant Brexit Party leader launched a round of media appearances on both sides of the Atlantic last night to capitalise on his European election successes.
He turned his guns on Jeremy Hunt after the Foreign Secretary said No Deal would be ‘political suicide’, comments which sparked a toxic row among leadership wannabes.
Mr Farage, who appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show in the US and on his own LBC show from Brussels, dismissed suggestions that a new deal could be thrashed-out before Britain’s departure day of October 31.
‘Every single person here in the European Commission, and leading groups in the European Parliament, will not change by one dot or comma that withdrawal agreement,’ Mr Farage said.