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Reactions to Brexit vote: Now, London is on the train

The British vote to Brexit-the agreement has triggered in Europe in disappointment. Nevertheless, representatives of the EU and of the member States show little willingness to the UK.

EU Commission President Juncker calls from London now, quick decisions.

the rejection of the Brexit Treaty in the British house of Commons is increased from the point of view of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the risk of a "disorderly exit" without agreement. Even if the EU does not want this, will continue the EU-Commission is now preparing for a so-called No-Deal-Brexit, said Juncker. He called on the United Kingdom, "its intentions as soon as possible to clarify". "The time is almost up."

EU Council President, Donald Tusk, suggested that the British should now reconsider, but to stay in the EU. "If a Deal is impossible, and no one wants a No-Deal, who will then have the courage to say what is the only positive solution?", he asked on Twitter.

Scholz: Europe is not prepared

Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz said it was a "bitter day for Europe". "We are prepared," assured the Federal Minister of Finance on Twitter. "But an unregulated Brexit is the worst of all possibilities" - that applies to the EU, "especially" but for the UK.

extension of the time limit only under certain circumstances,

The CDU MEP Elmar Brok, a reaction of the British government expected. "The defeat in the house of Commons for the exit agreement was so high that the British government is now on course." London must now make a proposal how it should proceed. Brok is a Brexit officer of the EPP group in the European Parliament. EU diplomats expect a request from London to move the Brexit. This could only be under very specific circumstances, accepted, explained Brok: a new election or a new referendum prepare.

Also of the CDU-MEP Brok provides for the responsibility is now with the British government.

An extension of the Brexit-term is, at best, to 1. July is conceivable, also warned linen, the SPD politician Jo. If Brexit is not consummated no later than the official end of the current term of the European Parliament since, would have to in the European election in may, also in the UK, new members of the European Parliament are elected. This is only possible if the country pull the outlet statement is completely back and the EU will remain a member.

The mood in the European Parliament on a possible extension of the deadline is unclear. "In this situation, the theoretically possible delay of the exit date doesn't make any sense," warned the SPD members of the European Parliament, Jens Geier: "Similarly, the dramatic voice makes the distance clear that cosmetic Changes to the Treaty would not change the majorities sufficient. A hard Brexit is, unfortunately, highly likely. That would be a bitter outcome for the British citizens and the people in the EU."

Centeno warns of No-Deal-Brexit

For the EU Commission it is now wait and see whether the British Prime Minister Theresa May is bringing in the next days an alternative plan to a vote in the British house of Commons - with uncertain outcome. A change of course is possible, everything is better than a disorderly exit from the EU, warned the head of the Euro-zone, Mario Centeno.

The liberal Brexit Officer of the Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, tweeted: "The British Parliament has not said what it wants. Now it is time to find out what the British MPs want to. Meanwhile, the rights of citizens must be secured." The Green-group Chairman, Ska Keller saw in may's defeat, but also the opportunity to overcome the deadlock in the British Parliament. "The time of the political games is over," she said. British politicians should now work on a solution to prevent unregulated Brexit.

BDI, and DIHK warn of consequences

The Federation of German industry (BDI) warned of the dramatic consequences of the decision. "Companies on both sides of the English channel, hanging in the air. A chaotic Brexit moves in dangerously close," said BDI managing Director Joachim Lang.

DIHK President Eric Schweitzer called on the German companies, a Unger Brexit apply prepare. "Without the agreement of the Brexit threatens to completely unregulated expire," he warned. The company had no planning security.


, The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian regrets Short on Twitter the outcome of the vote declines. "There will certainly be no renegotiations of the exit agreement," he writes.

May-Disaster: First EU reactions
Andreas Meyer-Feist, HR Brussels, currently in Strasbourg
15.01.2019 21:27 PM

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