REVEALED: The REAL reason the EU is desperate to delay Brexit until 2021

EU officials are plotting to delay the UK’s exit from the European Union in a bid to make Britain stay until at least 2021, it has been revealed. Officials on both sides of the negotiations anticipate the March 29 deadline will be significantly delayed, with three EU insiders saying many are backing an extension of as much as 21 months. The delay would allow the Government enough time to plan a second referendum, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last night backed, and even cancel altogether.

Replacing the 21-month transition period with extra time as an EU member state would allow the UK and the EU to develop their plans for the future relationship.

However, the delay would also give time for a new referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU.

If a second referendum takes place, it could take a whole year to plan and destroy Brexit altogether.

In The People’s Vote campaign own document, it is revealed they are aware of the time a second referendum would require, and the EU has shown support for the People’s Vote keeping the UK locked to the EU for as long as possible, with the possibility of the whole exit plan eventually being cancelled.

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Officials are plotting to delay the UK’s exit from the EU as Theresa May’s deal is expected to fail (Image: GETTY)

The document states: “If, as is expected, the Government’s Brexit deal is rejected by the House of Commons, we believe the only credible way forwards for MPs will be to hand the decision back to the people.

“As this paper makes clear, there will be numerous opportunities for MPs to secure a People’s Vote.

“Regardless of the Government’s stated opposition to letting the public decide, it is highly plausible that events – or Parliament itself – will force them to embrace the idea as the best means of breaking the logjam and avoiding a no deal exit.”

The document further reads: “As the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed, until the Article 50 deadline – if necessary extended – expires, we still have all the rights of a member-state, including the right to change our minds.

“It would be necessary to obtain an extension of the Article 50 timetable to allow a People’s Vote to take place.”

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Theresa May spoke at the end of the Arab-European Summit on Monday (Image: GETTY)

The Government agrees a second vote could take more than a year to organise.

Officials predict that the time required for drafting of a new Parliamentary bill; the passage of the legislation; the testing of the ballot paper question by elections regulator the Electoral Commission; the designation of the official campaigns and finally a 10-week campaign period could mean that a fresh vote, could not be held before early 2020.

So the 21-month delay the EU is now proposing would give the Government sufficient time to both hold that second referendum and put in place the primary legislation required to completely reverse Brexit.

One EU diplomat has said: “If leaders see any purpose in extending, which is not a certainty given the situation in the UK, they will not do a rolling cliff-edge but go long to ensure a decent period to solve the outstanding issues or batten down the hatches.

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Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Image: GETTY)

“A 21-month extension makes sense as it would cover the multi-financial framework the EU’s budget period and make things easier.

“Provided leaders are not completely down with Brexit fatigue, and a three-month technical extension won’t cut it, I would expect a 21-month kick of the can.

“It is doing the rounds in Brussels corridors.

“Martin Selmayr, the European commission’s secretary-general, among others, also fond of the idea.”

The plot to cancel Brexit fits in with established EU policy and recent history as a few countries in Europe have had that experience when a first referendum on a European Union issue didn’t quite go the way the Government of the day expected.

As an example, Irish voters has on multiple occasions changed their minds on EU treaties.

In 2001, it was the Treaty of Nice – which amended the Maastricht Treaty and sought to prepare the institutions of the EU for its anticipated enlargement, then, seven years later, it was the turn of the Lisbon Treaty, which was an attempt to streamline the EU.

Both the treaties were first rejected, but was later backed went put up for a vote a second time.

Another examples relates to Denmark’s vote on the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

At first more than half, 50,7 percent, rejected the treaty with a turnout of 81,1 percent.

Then, a number of amendments were made and the referendum was held again.

This time, 56,7 percent voted in favour of the Maastricht Treaty with a turnout more than three percent higher.


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