Reality hits German MEP – UK has continually ruled out the extension option.

German MEP David McAllister, the Brexit representative for the European Parliament, said the pandemic made the negotiations challenging to conduct but respects Britains position saying Britain was determined to stick to the timeline which would observe all ties cut by December 31.
He said: “Whether we will conclude the negotiations this year will be decided in June.

“We still have two more negotiations rounds in May and the beginning of June where we can hopefully make concrete progress.
“And then as part of a so-called high-level conference, we will look at where we are at and if we can do it in the second half, or if the deadline needs to be extended or will one side then decide to start the new phase without a deal.”

The EU is willing to offer an extension, but the UK has continually ruled out the extension option.

McAllister said: “It’s not just the government that is strictly against it, but they have also decided the deadline for the exit to be December 31 by law, which means that even if the British side wanted to get an extension, the British government and Parliament would have to agree to it.
“The British side has made it clear once again that they are not willing to apply for an extension.
“I think one explanation is that during the Brexit negotiations, they also had a fixed date of when the UK was to leave the EU, which was then postponed several times.”

As the UK remains solid on it’s no extension stance, the EU needs to start listening before their negotiation time runs out.

He said: “They stick to the viewpoint ‘once we have set the date, we want to leave, whatever the cost’.

“But there is no point in us as the EU to keep prompting the UK to take this step.

“In the end, it takes two partners to implement this. It takes two to tango, as the English like to say. And the British government is not ready to do this so far.

“Personally, I still believe that the UK should not have left the EU; it was a gross, historic mistake.

“But we have to accept reality and the UK, unfortunately, did leave the EU on February 1.”

“Of all the options, this would be the worst possible, in my opinion, to move into this new era without a regulated transition. And I believe that this isn’t what either side wants.

“Both sides should have an interest that we sensibly organise the exit of the UK from the EU and also the customs union.”

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