– A further extension does not solve problems but provides a basis for further talks. It is frustrating that we may devote time to this, there is so much energy spent on this while we have many important issues to discuss, " says prime minister Stefan Löfven (S) for tonight's summit.
in a letter to the EU ambassador to the council president, Donald Tusk, requested that the Brexit is postponed to 30 June. The current deadline is the 12th of april, then, on the Friday.
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In a letter to the 27 remaining heads of state and government ahead of the meeting recommend Tusk to agree on an extension. For my part, doubt he that the Uk manage to achieve an orderly exit before the 30 June. He therefore proposes a further extension of up to one year – but with the possibility for the british to leave the EU as soon as they are ready.
" I am ready to go prime minister Theresa May to the meeting and provide an extension to the 30 June. But I'm open to other tidstramar also, says Stefan Löfven at the riksdag's EU committee, where he received support for his line.
– We agree that an orderly exit is the best for the british and for the EU. It is a decision that affects all swedes in the Uk, and we do what we can to bring about an orderly exit.
an extension must the Uk leave the EU without agreement on 12 april.
"of course It would be very unfortunate," says Stefan Löfven.
so far, the EU countries have been together in negotiations on the Brexit. No one wants to be the Uk crash out of the EU. But patience begins to run out on their hold. Among other things, has the president of the French republic Emmanuel Macron expressed frustration with all the energy spent on Brexit when the power could instead be spent on other issues.
some worry about how the Uk will act if the country will remain for a longer period of time. Will the british to put themselves in the important decision of the EU, or even stonewall? And what happens if a new british prime minister takes over the helm?
– There needs to be continued confidence from both sides; says Stefan Löfven.
– in Particular that the united kingdom should not keep a decision that requires unanimity as a hostage, " he says and takes the next long-term budget as an example.Prime minister Stefan Löfven (S) to be interviewed after the board meeting. Photo: Naina Helén Jåma/TT
to the EU leaders that they need to agree on the terms for an extension, among other things, that the existing utträdesavtalet can not be negotiated.
another requirement for a longer extension, the Uk is participating in the EU elections at the end of may. Preparations have already been started, but Theresa May would rather avoid.
" If the Uk does not hold elections, propose a withdrawal automatically on June 1, says Stefan Löfven.
for tonight's summit have the phones been hot between London, Brussels and other EU capitals. Theresa May also visited the Emmanuel Macron in Paris and chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
in Addition to the usual preparatory meetings in Brussels, Stefan Löfven also to participate in a minitoppmöte for the evening's extraordinary. In addition, Sweden participates France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland and Belgium. Angela Merkel is also invited, but can't get there.