EPP top candidate, Manfred Weber (CSU) reacts reserved to the decision of the British Parliament. The EU Commission stresses that the Functioning of the EU institutions have a priority.
Only fifteen days before the planned exit date on the 29. March has decided the British house of Commons for a shift in the Brexit. In the other EU member States, this decision evokes mixed reactions.
The 27 member States would have to Commission confirm that the delay in the next week, so that it is valid, underlined the spokesperson of the EU. The European Commission stresses in this Statement: the Functioning of the EU institutions have a priority.
EPP top candidate, Manfred Weber (CSU) has reacted coolly to the decision of the British Parliament, to the Brexit move. "It is not enough, when the British Parliament says, we extend you want to. We also need to know what the goal is," explained Weber on Thursday evening in the short message service Twitter. "The EU must not be to the British mess."
EU negotiator, Michel Barnier wrote on Twitter that he respected the parliamentary procedures and was determined to defend the interests of the EU. However, he has doubts as to whether a deferral is appropriate. In the week before the vote, he had to lengthen said: "The negotiations? What's the point?" The negotiations under article 50 to be completed: "We have a contract."
The Brexit-Officer of the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, rejects a long-term postponement of the EU exit of the UK. "Always," he says of the ZDF with the views of the British house of Commons. "I think we can only allow a short extension, if the Parliament votes for something, so that we actually know which opinion has the majority in the lower house." The EU should clearly say: "you can have your extension, but only with the condition that the votes among the house for something, for a solution, and not always just against all solutions."
Council President Donald Tusk wants to advertise for a generous postponement of the Brexits, as he had already in the run-up to the vote on Twitter announced. Before the EU summit at the end of next week, "I will appeal to the EU27, to be for a long extension open, if the UK considers it necessary to reconsider its Brexit strategy and consensus," wrote Tusk.
The German chambers of industry and Commerce looks after the vote in the British Parliament for a postponement of the EU-exit, no reason to sound the all-clear. "An unregulated Brexit is not off the table, the uncertainty for the economy is pulled in the length," said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer on Thursday evening in Berlin. The question of what the companies would have to cease, remain unresolved. "Many companies plan due to the unclear framework conditions in reality, investment from the island to withdraw and relocate to other markets, in particular on the European mainland."