Clearly, Brexit and its consequences never end. This time it is on the continental side that things get stuck. The UK has agreed, at the EU’s request, to extend the period of provisional application of the post-Brexit trade agreement until April 30, in order to allow sufficient time for the European Parliament to ratify it, a British government spokesperson said on Tuesday.
“Today we agreed to extend until April 30 the deadline for the EU to ratify the agreement,” said the spokesperson. Provisional application of the treaty, which entered into force on January 1, was initially due to end on February 28, but Parliament quickly warned that it would need more time.
“It is disappointing that the EU has not completed its internal procedures within the agreed timeframe, given the uncertainty this creates for businesses and citizens on both sides. We expect the EU to respect the new timetable, ”insisted the British spokesperson.
The in-depth examination of the 1,250-page text by the European Parliament began in mid-January. MEPs hope to vote for it in March.
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