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Michel Barnier, mid-March, to the EP:

Mr Barnier said it was now "the responsibility of the UK" to suggest a way forward.

"They have to tell us what it is they want for their future relationship," he told the parliament.

"What will their choice be, what will be the line they will take? That is the question we need a clear answer to now. That is the question that has to be answered before a decision on a possible further extension.

"Why would we extend these discussions? The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted. We have the Withdrawal Agreement. It is there.

"That is the question asked and we are waiting for an answer to that."

Margaritis Schinas, EC spokesperson, also quoted in the same piece:

"Should there be a UK reasoned request for an extension, the EU27 will stand ready to consider it and decide by unanimity.

The EU27 will decide, giving also priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of any extension."

Schinas reportedly added:

Asked what constituted a "reasoned request" he said, "I will not venture into a typology on what a reasoned request would be. I would simply state the obvious that a reasoned request is a request based on a reason."
(We, Continentals, can be so literal...)

We are now in early April: what is the reason put forward by the UK? So that we can continue the bickering?

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 08:14:05 PM EST

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