Germany, France and Holland lining up to dump Britain out of Europe without a deal

Saturday, April 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

BRITAIN is poised to be dumped out of the EU without a deal this week as a chorus of European politicians attacked Theresa May for failing to put forward a concrete plan while requesting a Brexit extension.

Sat, Apr 6, 2019

Germany, France and Holland made it clear they would not bow to Britain’s demands for a three-month delay if the Prime Minister could not offer a credible reason why extra time would lead to a deal. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said Mrs May had provided “only part of a plan” when she penned the humiliating request to the bloc, while Paris said it would refuse the extension if a concrete solution was not offered. Mr Rutte said “intense discussions” needed to take place before the EU summit on April 10 when European leaders will decide whether the request should be honoured.

He said: “The plan was that the British would explain what they wanted from the EU.

“A letter was sent today which, as far as I am concerned, doesn’t answer this request. I hope it will be possible to give the answers to these questions.”

Mr Rutte said the letter contained “no full plan, there was only part of a plan” and said he hoped Mrs May’s Government “will provide more clarity before Wednesday”.

France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire said President Macron would need to know the exact reasons why the UK needs extra time before he could agree to delay Brexit until June 30.

Mr Le Maire said: “If we are not able to understand the reason why the UK is asking for an extension, we cannot give a positive answer.”

One of Mr Macron’s aides said on Friday it was “premature to talk of an extension” while the EU awaited a “credible alternative plan” which it has requested from Britain.

Mrs May’s letter was met with equal scepticism in Germany, where Norbert Rottgen, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament, accused her of “domestic tactical manoeuvring”.

And the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, said London still had “many questions” left to clarify.

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