Brexit is delayed: what was agreed by EU leaders at a summit in Brussels

A matter of time

A referendum on British exit from the EU has become a key topic ended Sunday summit of the European Council and the timing procedure for this output the main contentious issue between London and the leaders of the remaining 27 countries — EU members.

After last Friday it became known that the majority of Britons voted to secede from the EU, the Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron said that the exit process will start its successor, which will be chosen only by October. “I do not understand why the British government have to wait until October to send to Brussels a farewell letter. I’d like it to happen immediately,” said this weekend the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. However, in the final Declaration of the summit of the requirement for the UK to leave the EU relented to the wording to make it as soon as possible”.

“If the British people voted to leave, there’s only one way to start the procedure is to apply article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the actual process output. And the Brits rightly will expect that it will happen immediately,” said back in February, David Cameron. But after the referendum even British eurosceptics urged to wait with starting the procedure.

The fact that the mentioned article of the Treaty on the functioning of the EU so far has not been applied, and how it is formulated, leaves a wide field for interpretation. For example, the first paragraph of the article States that the application for withdrawal from the EU served the country “in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”, but the UK has no single codified Constitution. In this regard, the launch procedure must obtain the approval of Parliament, say, for example, the Association of constitutional law of great Britain. In the end, the EU leaders agreed that the implementation of the 50-article — the prerogative of London, and this process “should be held steadily and in a relaxed manner”, States the final resolution of the summit.

Informal meeting of the heads of state and government of the European Union, which will discuss the further destiny of the enterprises in structure of already 27 countries, must go through 16 September in Bratislava.

In parallel with the summit of the European Council in Brussels session of the European Parliament, where British politicians and their supporters among the eurosceptics from other countries waged a bitter controversy with European Union officials and politicians from the continent. The outcome Tuesday was the adoption of the resolution with the requirement to immediately initiate the process of a British exit from the EU (however, this document is not legally binding). Voted against only 30% of parliamentarians. According to VoteWatch, it was mainly members from the right – and left-wing radical parties from the entire European Union. The British delegates either voted against or abstained from voting.

On Wednesday in Brussels at the invitation of the head of the European Parliament Martin Schulz arrived first Minister of Scotland Nicola Stargen. The purpose of the visit, she said, was an attempt “to protect the place of Scots in the European Union”. But the head of the European Council Donald Tusk has refused bilateral negotiations, arguing that to discuss the question now is not the time.

Brexit took him almost the entire agenda of the summit. One of the issues was, for example, the discussion of the economic situation after Brexit. According to the forecast of the ECB, Mario Draghi, the decision of the British cost the Eurozone economy of 0.3–0.5% of GDP.

The issue of extending sanctions against Russia (valid till 31 July) the meeting has not been solved. A comprehensive study of his Tusk promised at the next summit of the European Council on 20-21 October.