- 27 EU leaders will meet in Brussels on April 10 to decide on a way forward for Brexit
- They will either grant an extension to the UK or demand a no-deal Brexit
- The UK will not have a say in this process
The entire Brexit process so far has been marked with much turmoil. This has included protests, rejections of various deals, and compromise which culminated in the House of Commons giving the go-ahead to request another extension of the Brexit deadline.
However, that process was essentially the UK coming together to try and decide on its leaving of the EU and what a post-Brexit country would look like.
Unfortunately, it seems that the decision as to how the UK leaves the EU will be made without their input as it was reported on April 9, 2019, that 27 EU leaders will meet on April 10, 2019, to decide how to proceed with Brexit. The UK will not have any say in this meeting.
What Could Happen?
From all indications, there are two possible outcomes from this meeting. The first, and most likely, is that the EU will grant the UK an extension on its Brexit deadline and this could be as long as a year.
Should this decision be made, the UK will have enough time to sort through the confusion that has formed since the 2016 Brexit vote. This includes the back-and-forth in parliament and their apparent inability to pass a Brexit deal, despite three being brought forward. While this is the most likely event, it is not set in stone and could very well fall through.
The other option would be that the UK will be forced to leave the EU on April 12, 2019, without a deal. This is an outcome that is dreaded by both sides of the political divide and was the motivating factor behind prime Minister Theresa May meeting with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences in order to hash out a compromise.
Even leaders outside of the UK do not want a no-deal Brexit as a diplomat who spoke anonymously to NBC stated.
“I believe that no leader will want to take the risk of blocking the extension and then being blamed for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit,” the diplomat said.
Another reason would be a bid to avoid a violent conflict at the British-Irish border as Ireland will remain a part of the EU after Brexit.
“Ireland is the thing that worries other European members the most. It’s just so sensitive,” another E.U. diplomat said.