Whilst the UK Parliament is set for another week of voting on the various options it would prefer the European Commissions position is very much looking to the UK to indicate a way forward before the extended Article 50 deadline of 12th April. In a press statement of 29th March the Commission set out it’s current position:
“The Commission regrets the negative vote in the House of Commons today. As per the European Council (Article 50) decision on 22 March, the period provided for in Article 50(3) is extended to 12 April. It will be for the UK to indicate the way forward before that date, for consideration by the European Council.
A “no-deal” scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a “no-deal” scenario at midnight on 12 April. The EU will remain united. The benefits of the Withdrawal Agreement, including a transition period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a “no-deal” scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option.”
In the meantime the BBC provide an explanation of the current state of play in the UK Parliament, please follow link below.
Europe Direct East Midlands (North) will be following events and trying to keep you informed as soon as we have more clarity on the situation leading to to the 12th April.