Anna van Densky On Sunday May 26 Europeans vote in an election expected to further erode traditional Eurocentric parties and boost the nationalist movements across the continent, resulting in a drastically different and difficult composition of the European Parliament – once a champion of compromise, – effecting the entire range of politics. (Image above: European Parliament, Strasbourg).
Polls opened at 7 A.M. (0400 GMT) in the east of Europe and will finally close at 11 P.M. (2100 GMT) in Italy. Seven states have already voted, with 21 joining in on Sunday in what is the world’s biggest democratic exercise after India.
Many feel it is odd, that three years after the referendum, Britonsare back to the European Parliament, and there are certain fears, that the entire EU political agenda will be “hijacked” by Brexit.
However it is universally understood, that after Brexitthe EUproject will never be the same. Departure of the oldest European parliamentary democracy feels like an amputation.
EU in transit. Tempora mutantur – times are changed, we also are changed with them.
Anna van Densky OPINION The House of Commons approved Theresa May‘s postponed Brexitdeadline until June 30, which the British Prime minister will defend today at the European Council in Brussels. The text was approved by 420 MPs against 110.
The leader of Brexitparty Nigel Farage has been ironical about the upcoming meeting referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the “boss” British Prime Minister is going to consult.
However there is a clear message from Brussels to the Westminster –there will be no other deal, but the endorsed one, although the additional political declarations are possible. No need to add that they are not legally binding, and are not an integral part of the Article 50 Agreement.
In fact the additional time, if given to May government, is granted for making an extra effort to pass a the deal via the Westminster. The entire political struggle is about changing perception not the essence of the Agreement reached.
The talk in Brussels is that Mrs May will ask for a short extension of Art 50 but then capitulate to a longer one to December. This makes Euro elections inevitable & lays the way open to setting Brexit aside altogether. Vote UKIP – Vote Brexit. No surrender! pic.twitter.com/iE0ckkNqz6
Shifting of the deadline to the end of June 2019, as President Macron is intended to offer, will result in participation of the UKin the EU parliamentary elections, because there is such an obligation for a member-state in the Treaty. (Image above : Europarliament, Strasbourg). In case the Remainers win a majority of seats among UK MEPs in the European Parliament, they will have an opportunity to reverse the Brexit process in a different ways: postponing further or calling for the second referendum. As Theresa May warned – the rejection of her deal might also mean never leaving the EU. Brexit will be gradually transformed into elusive Fata-Morgana.
If EU27 generously proposes to shift #Brexit deadline to end of December 2019, #May warning about derailing result of referendum might come true. Ever shifting Brexit Fata-Morgana… pic.twitter.com/LnMbY1pcJx