Oct 9 (Reuters) – The next occasions over the following three weeks will decide whether or not Britain exits the European Union as deliberate on Oct. 31 or the three-year-old Brexit saga takes one other twist.
Oct 10 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, in northwest England in what’s billed as a final probability for them to clear the largest hurdle to an agreed Brexit: future preparations for the border between EU-member Eire and the British province of Northern Eire.
Oct 13 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron meet on the Elysee Palace to arrange for upcoming summits the place Brexit will high the agenda. If the EU is to make a breakthrough concession, it’s going to require the blessing of the bloc’s two most influential members.
Oct 14 – British parliament reconvenes, setting the stage for additional makes an attempt by lawmakers to make sure the Oct. 31 deadline for withdrawal is prolonged, whatever the prime minister’s promise that the UK will depart on that date, deal or no deal. Johnson’s legislative agenda will probably be set out by the British monarch within the conventional Queen’s Speech.
Oct 16 – France and Germany maintain their annual summit. It is a chance for ministers from each international locations to debate a variety of bilateral points, however Brexit will remember to determine prominently in these discussions.
Oct. 17-18 – EU leaders meet in Brussels for a European Council summit. If a Brexit settlement has not been struck at this level, EU officers say, it’s unlikely one may very well be hammered out right here. The summit agenda additionally contains the bloc’s subsequent long-term finances from 2021, its troubled relationship with Turkey, the EU membership prospects of Albania and North Macedonia, in addition to bold local weather insurance policies.
Oct 19 – If the stalemate is just not damaged at this level, a legislation lately handed by British parliament dictates that London should ask the EU to increase the Oct. 31 deadline to Jan. 31 – a interval through which a nationwide election could also be held to attempt to break the Brexit impasse.
The British parliament will maintain a particular Saturday sitting on Oct. 19 to determine what to do. The final time it sat on a Saturday was in 1982 after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands within the South Atlantic. Opponents of Brexit will march via central London to demand one other referendum.
Late October – EU diplomats and officers anticipate a unprecedented summit of EU leaders earlier than Oct. 31. If there isn’t a deadline extension and no agreed divorce, they’ll use such a summit to make remaining preparations for a rocky, no-deal cut up.
Oct 31 – Except this deadline is prolonged, Britain will stop to be an EU member at 2300 London time. (Writing by Mark Bendeich Modifying by Gareth Jones)