ON NOVEMBER 25, EUROPEAN LEADERS WILL DECIDE ON AN AGREEMENT FOR BREXIT.
On November 25, the leaders of the 27 countries which will remain in the European Union (EU) after the exit of the United Kingdom, will hold an extraordinary summit to decide if they approve of the preliminary Brexit deal.
"If nothing out of the ordinary happens, we will hold a European Council meeting to finish and formalize the agreement on Brexit Sunday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. (8:30 GMT)," indicated Tusk in a press conference.
The head negotiator of the EU, Michel Barnier, met today with Tusk and gave him the text of the agreement finalized this Wednesday with the British government. It is a 585-page volume containing 185 articles, three protocols (on Ireland, Gibraltar and Cyprus) and various annexes on the "orderly" withdrawal of the United Kingdom.
"From the beginning, we have had no doubt that Brexit is a situation in which everyone loses and the negotiations only try to control the damages," said the Polish politician.
Tusk explained the the agreement will then be analyzed by the member states and that at the end of the week, the 27 ambassadors will meet to share their evaluation of the text.
They will also address the mandate for the European Commission to finalize the joint political declaration over the future relationship with the United Kingdom a process in which "European ministers will also be involved."
According his statement, the Commission plans to come to an agreement next Tuesday on a statement about the future of the relationship, so that member states can evaluate it in the next 48 hours, until Thursday, ahead of the meeting of leaders on Sunday the 25th.
"Allow me to say to our British friends that, as much as it saddens me to see them go, I will do everything I can so that this goodbye will be the least painful possible, both for you and for us," concluded Tusk.
For his part, Barnier affirmed that he fulfilled the authority of the 27 ambassadors in the negotiation "scrupulously." He also stated that he still has a "hard job" ahead of him to finalize the text of the declaration on the future relationship with London.
WITHOUT A 'PLAN B' IF BRITISH GOVERNMENT FAILS
On the other hand, diplomatic sources have assured that the European Union (EU) does not have a "plan B" for Brexit negotiations in the case of the fall of the British government, which finds itself in a dire situation after a wave of resignations from senior officials opposed to the agreement between London and Brussels, said diplomatic sources today.
"There is no plan B. If the British Government falls and we have the problem that we cannot hold a European Council meeting on the agreement, or if the British Parliament does not ratify it, it creates an abysmal scenario," said the source.
Even though the source indicated that "any scenario is possible," the source admitted that the fall of the Executive Committee headed by Theresa May would begin "a very serious crisis," a situation the EU is trying to avoid with the technical agreement that British government negotiators gave the green light to yesterday.
A new cabinet in the United Kingdom would mean added risk that the country might shift its position to prefer a hard Brexit, and might adjust the deadlines to reach the expected date for British departure, March 29, 2019, which "is not set in stone."
If the council is ready to prolong the negotiations, there is "a margin" until the European Parliament is constituted after elections in May 2019, said the source.
The source explained that there will be a "legal problem" if the United Kingdom does not hold elections to the European Parliament and remains a member state, since "there cannot be an active European Parliament that legislates and controls a country that remains a member state but does not have representatives."
Before the European summit scheduled for November 25, the ambassadors of the other twenty-seven member nations will meet this Friday morning. They do not exclude the possibility that they may hold "one or two" more meetings in this format over the weekend, after which a General Affairs Council will be held on Monday to prepare the appointment for the following Sunday.