The European Parliament won’t vote to ratify the brand new Brexit withdrawal deal till the British legislative chamber has executed so, officers mentioned Monday.
This could imply it’s unlikely that MEPs will again the deal this week whereas the European Parliament sits in Strasbourg, and so they might want to maintain a particular session later in Brussels.
If a vote is required earlier than October 31, at present scheduled to be Brexit day, this is able to imply assembly subsequent week. However members insisted a session may very well be organized shortly in any case.
The European Parliament formalised the choice to attend for the UK ratification at a gathering of celebration leaders on Monday night.
“The European Parliament would be the last actor to have its say on the withdrawal settlement. This may observe the UK parliament’s examination and approval of the settlement,” speaker David Sassoli mentioned after the assembly.
He added that the European Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee would now look at the deal, and that MEPs would maintain extra talks on Thursday.
“We’re on observe, we’re doing our responsibility, and we’ll meet once more on Thursday to debate the most recent progress,” he mentioned.
The top of the parliament’s Brexit steering committee, Man Verhofstadt, earlier confirmed that ready for UK ratification would even be the cross-party recommendation to the celebration leaders.
“It’s now as much as the UK Parliament to make their alternative,” he mentioned.
The European Parliament had pencilled in Thursday to approve the settlement struck between Britain and the EU government at a Brussels summit final week.
However some British MPs are resisting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s efforts to ratify the deal shortly, and there might be no vote in Westminster earlier than Tuesday.