The European Union is getting tired of waiting for the British establishment to finally reach an agreement on Brexit, the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said.
The EU’s patience “runs out” while the UK still struggles to find middle ground over a Brexit plan, Juncker warned as he talked to Italian Rai TV. The European Commission head also said that he would like to see London finally reach an agreement on the issue in the coming days or, better yet, “hours.”
He also seemed to mock the British Parliament’s continuous rejection of all the options introduced to it.
So far we know what the British Parliament says no to, but we don’t know what it might say yes to.
Asked about the possibility of a second referendum, he said the question should be addressed exclusively to the British people.
His words came just days after Parliament rejected Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement for the third time, despite its separation from the rest of the deal.
MPs voted down the agreement 344-286 – with a margin of 58 votes. Earlier, Parliament also rejected as many as eight Brexit options, including a no-deal Brexit and revocation of Article 50, which would mean not leaving the EU at all.
Instead, both the opposition and Prime Minister Theresa May’s own party focused on urging her to resign and call a snap general election. The state of limbo which Parliament’s failure to agree on a Brexit plan puts the UK in did not sit well with the people either.
About a million people took to the streets of London last weekend to push for a second Brexit referendum. The latest Parliament vote on the issue was also marked by protests staged by both ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’, who both were predictably dissatisfied with the results.
Meanwhile, the EU also stepped up its rhetoric by increasingly warning that a no-deal scenario is now a “likely” one. European Council President Donald Tusk also called an emergency meeting for April 10, two days before the current Brexit deadline.
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