News World EU cannot keep granting 'few weeks' Brexit delays - Timmermans

EU cannot keep granting ‘few weeks’ Brexit delays – Timmermans

The European Union cannot keep delaying Britain’s departure from the bloc by a few weeks, the deputy head of the European Commission said in remarks published on Thursday.

First Vice President Frans Timmermans told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that the European Union had reached the limit of what it can offer Britain in terms of concessions to break the deadlock.

“We cannot forever continue this way in the Brexit negotiations and always extend by a few weeks,” he said. “The British parliament must now make a decision and finally say what London wants.”

He added: “The key is now with London. We have a commitment toward EU citizens, to protect the EU single market, to protect Ireland and protect the principles of the European Union.

“We will continue to do this with all determination. The EU also has its limits. And we have reached those limits.”

He said it was important that British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reach a deal to overcome the deadlock created by parliament’s rejection of an exit deal May had reached with the EU.

At a summit last week, EU leaders gave Britain effectively until next week either to ratify May’s deal and then exit by May 22, present a credible alternative plan to secure a much longer extension, or leave without a deal on April 12.

Timmermans said that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British citizens were unlikely to need a visa if they wished to visit the EU for a short period of time

Top Stories

‘Sailors do not need to die,’ warns captain of coronavirus-hit U.S. aircraft carrier

The captain of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, in a blunt letter, has called on Navy leadership for stronger measures to save the...

Seven fined €150 to €450 for breaking Covid-19 decree

Famagusta district court on Tuesday handed down fines of between €150 and €450 to seven individuals for violating decrees to contain the spread of...

CBC calls for swift credit to “avoid credit crunch” due to Covid-19

The Central Bank of Cyprus in a circular issued on Tuesday called on Cypriot banks to provide swift credit to companies, self-employed persons and...

First batch of China-donated supplies arrives in Cyprus

Ambassador of China to Cyprus Huang Xingyuan has announced the arrival of the first batch of China-donated medical supplies to Cyprus. Huang Xingyuan said in...

Cyprus embassy in Madrid in contact with 30 Cypriots living in Spain

The Embassy of Cyprus in Madrid is in contact with around 30 Cypriots in Spain, mainly students as well as their families in Cyprus,...

Taste

Village olive pie

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and put it aside for about 12-15 minutes to settle.  Sift the flour with the salt into...

Skordalia (Garlic paste)

Rinse the potatoes and place, unpeeled, in a saucepan. Cover with water, add salt and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft. Drain,...

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....