Europe may still REJECT Britain appealing for a new Brexit extension despite efforts of Remainers to force Boris Johnson to ask for one – because it wouldn’t ‘solve the problem’, French minister warns French European minister said even a six-month extension wouldn’t help Britain Amelie de Montchalin said a delay ‘without changing anything’ was futile
Europe may still REJECT Britain appealing for a new Brexit extension despite efforts of Remainers to force Boris Johnson to ask for one – because it wouldn’t ‘solve the problem’, French minister warns
- French European minister said even a six-month extension wouldn’t help Britain
- Amelie de Montchalin said a delay ‘without changing anything’ was futile
- French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian added that No Deal was most likely
- It comes as Remainers are seeking to block a No Deal Brexit on October 31
French European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin said another delay would not solve the UK’s Brexit ‘problem’.
She even suggested that a six-month extension would not be long enough for Britain to sort out the mess.
Her colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian, the country’s foreign minister, added that a No Deal Brexit on October 31 is the ‘most likely scenario’.
It comes after pro-Remain MPs defeated the Government by approving a bill which would force Boris Johnson to ask for a Brexit extension at an EU summit on October 17 if a new deal cannot pass the Commons.
French European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin (pictured) said another delay would not solve the UK’s Brexit ‘problem’.
Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson is among a raft of Remain MPs trying to force Boris Johnson to ask for an extension to the Brexit negotiation
However, any extension request would be subject to the remaining 27 EU member states unanimously agreeing to grant it.
Yesterday Ms de Montchalin said delaying the process again, ‘without changing anything’, would not solve Britain’s Brexit ‘problem’.
She said: ‘It’s not because a problem is complicated that by diluting it over time and delaying it for three months without changing anything, it will be resolved.
‘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.
‘They have to be able to tell us what they want. We know what they don’t want but we are still struggling to understand what they do want.’
Yesterday senior Brussels Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt hit out at Mr Johnson’s description of the MPs’ anti-No Deal legislation as the ‘surrender bill’.
He said: ‘Opposing a no deal is not ‘surrender’. This is the language of Europe’s dark past. It implies Britain’s European allies and neighbours are enemies.
‘I refuse to believe the majority of British people think this is the case.’
It came as EU member state diplomats held talks in Brussels on preparations for No Deal yesterday, with the bloc having ramped up measures.
Remainers are seeking approval for a bill to force Boris Johnson (pictured in the Commons on Wednesday) to ask for a Brexit extension at an EU summit on October 17
The bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told member states that talks with Britain over the controversial Irish border backstop are stuck in ‘paralysis’.
However, a Downing Street spokesman hit back, insisting talks between Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator, David Frost, and Brussels on Wednesday were ‘constructive’.
Mr Frost, who will visit again today, told Mr Barnier’s team that the backstop must be abolished for there to be a deal with the EU.
It came as Ireland admitted that it will not carry out checks on the border with Northern Ireland in the event of a No Deal Brexit.