If until 12 April, the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons, no further short extension will be possible, the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker said at the European Parliament’s plenary session, ONA reports.
"In light of Prime Minister May's statement last night, I believe we now have a few more days. If the United Kingdom is in a position to approve the Withdrawal Agreement with a sustainable majority by 12 April, the European Union should be prepared to accept a delay until 22 May."
"But 12 April is the ultimate deadline for the approval of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons. If it has not done so by then, no further short extension will be possible. After 12 April, we risk jeopardising the European Parliament elections, and so threaten the functioning of the European Union," he said.
President Juncker has said that the Withdrawal Agreement is and has always been a fair compromise what is needed at the moment.
Jean-Claude Juncker added that the future relationship between the EU and UK is much debated issue in the House of Commons, but the EU is ready “to add flexibility to the Political Declaration, to pave the way for a close economic partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the future.”
The President said that the EU stands ready to launch the talks and negotiations on the future partnership as soon as the Withdrawal Agreement is signed and expects the same level of readiness on the United Kingdom side.