Updated 11 April: The UK was granted an extension to 31 October late last night at the EU Council summit. There will be a “good behaviour review” in June, which is when French President Emmanuel Macron wanted the extension actually to end. Instead, the UK has six months to avoid a Halloween No Deal. How this will go down in the Palace of Westminster is anyone’s guess, with frustration at the middling extension likely both from those who wanted a long one, and those who wanted a short.

Perhaps most relieved will be those who don’t want Brexit at all. Six and a half months is, conceivably, enough time for them to organize a straight second referendum, or a cobbled-together plan put to the people for a further confirmatory/People’s Vote, or a General Election … and doubtless in the mix somewhere will be talk of a Conservative leadership challenge or change. And of course, towards the end of the period come the UK’s party political conferences.

One thing outside the UK seems clear, and that is that Emmanuel Macron has not won too many friends tonight in European diplomatic and political circles. If his resistance to a long extension, which won through, does end up delivering no Brexit, however, they will undoubtedly be pleased with him again, and given the space now for “a rethink” such as Donald Tusk was advocating even though he argued for a longer space of time, some are seeing Brexit slip sliding away. That possibility will of course not be lost on the Brexiteers in Parliament, whose reaction can only be guessed at … ideally from a distance, within a concrete bunker …

Updated 7 April: British Prime Minister Theresa May has made the following statement as the UK enters what could be its last week in the EU, with a deadline on Friday, if an extension cannot be agreed, that will see the UK leave the EU with whatever arrangements are put in place over the next five days, or with no deal at all.

Delivering Brexit has been my priority ever since I became Prime Minister and it remains so today. I want the UK to leave the EU in an orderly way as soon as possible and that means leaving in a way that does not disrupt people’s lives.

My strong preference was to do that by winning a majority in Parliament for the agreement the UK reached with the EU last November. I did everything in my power to persuade the Conservative and DUP MPs who form the government’s majority to back that deal – including securing legally-binding changes to address MPs’ concerns with it.

But that deal was rejected three times by Parliament and there is no sign it can be passed in the near future. So I had to take a new approach.

Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all.

My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons.

The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it. The fact is that on Brexit there are areas where the two main parties agree: we both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs.

That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit.

The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line.

To achieve this I will go to Brussels this week to seek a short extension to Article 50. My intention is to reach an agreement with my fellow EU leaders that will mean if we can agree a deal here at home we can leave the EU in just six weeks.

We can then get on with building a new relationship with our nearest neighbours that will unlock the full potential of Brexit and deliver the brighter future that the British people voted for.

Updated 4 April: The Spanish Government’s Royal Decree detailing No Deal Brexit contingency measures was approved last night by Congress. This will provide UK nationals legally resident in Spain with a 21-month window to register for their new TIE (third country national foreigner ID card) in a system whose details will be announced in due course but which is promised to be “virtually automatic”. The TIE will be a replacement for the green Certificado de Registro, which is why it is essential for British nationals living in Tenerife to be legally registered with the police before the point of Brexit, whenever that might be … possibly next Friday 12 April if there’s no solution to the current impasse. For more information, see the government’s website HERE.

 

Source Janet Anscombe : https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

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