Minister for European Affairs and Equality Dr Helena Dalli said that not only did the UK need to organise elections for members of the European Parliament, it also needed to cooperate with the EU in order for a Brexit deadline extension to be granted.
“Apart from organising European Elections, a clear commitment is needed that the UK will continue to adhere to the principle of sincere cooperation for a further extension to be considered,” Dr Dalli said, during the debate on whether the EU could accommodate Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for another extension.
The General Affairs Council in Article 50 format met in Luxembourg to prepare for an extraordinary European Council scheduled for tomorrow to determine a way forward, after it had agreed, on the 21st March to extend the withdrawal date to 22nd May to allow the UK sufficient time to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, or to consider the UK’s proposals for the way forward if this agreement is not approved by the House of Commons on the 12th of April.
Minister Dalli emphasised that while cross-party talks were encouraging, the EU needed to ensure that conditions are set and be met for any extension.
Currently, the UK is officially two days away from leaving the EU without a deal. But this afternoon, Prime Minister May will head to Brussels to seek an extension to Brexit.
While she wants a delay of no more than 30th June. But the EU27, bearing in mind that Prime Minister May has nothing new to offer them, seem poised to grant a year.