Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

British don’t deserve an extension: French warn Macron will VETO delay – ‘won’t solve it’ | UK | News


A Remain alliance in Parliament earlier this week succeeded in defeating to allow a bill through the Commons which would force the Prime Minister to request a new extension. But former French Ambassador to the Pierre Sellal dashed hopes of Remainers as he warned President is likely to veto such appeal. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Sellal said: “To decide a new postponement, you suppose a certain level of trust.

“Maybe what is missing today is this trust about the way your country sees its future with the Union.

“In this regard, I think the situation has been deteriorating and, with such an ambiguity, it is very difficult to have the necessary trust which could justify a new examination of a new date.”

President Macron emerged as a vocal opponent to extending the withdrawal process, insisting the UK would have to give a “clear” reason for a further delay. 

Labour leader last month reached out to other opposition leaders to seek their support in the event of a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister, asking they back him to form a temporary government.

But Mr Sellal dismissed suggestion a new British Prime Minister could succeed where predecessors failed, claiming “substance” still lacked from alternative proposals to the current 

He continued: “We know what is possible and not legally, politically if you want to meet the two main objectives of the negotiations, which were to organise as smooth as possible Brexit – respecting principles of EU law – and preserving the situation in Ireland to preserve the .

“It’s not a question of personality, it’s a question of substance.”

French EU Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin this week also voiced her scepticism at the prospect of a new extension as she question what MPs could achieve in six months that has not been achieved in three years of talks.

Mrs de Montchalin said: “When I hear the British saying ‘give us three months more and we will solve the problem’, we can see that another six months would not solve the problem, nor another three months.

Speaking at a press conference in Yorkshire, the Prime Minister said: “I’d rather be dead in a ditch.

“It costs £1billion a month to remain in the European Union beyond October 31. It achieves absolutely nothing.

“What on earth is the point in further delay? It is totally pointless.”

He added: “There are some people suggesting we should spend £1billion more a month just to stay in the EU beyond October 31, but I don’t think that would be good use of public money and I’m going to make sure we don’t have that necessary delay.

“I will do everything I possibly can to ensure this country comes out of the EU on October 31.”

Mr Johnson again insisted he does not want a general election to take place, but admitted he “can’t see any other way”.

The Prime Minister also said the victory for rebel MPs on the no deal Brexit bill effectively “scuppers our negotiating power” with Brussels and would hand back control of the UK’s exit from the bloc to Brussels.



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