Former EU official: A fresh vote or general election is ‘pretty likely’
PUBLISHED: 08:42 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 17 October 2018
Brexit could be delayed beyond March to give extra time for a fresh referendum or another general election, a former EU official has claimed.
The former Eurogroup president and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that the deadlock behind negotiations may continue for some time. In a blog post on LinkedIn he said that “there won’t be a Brexit deal this week… or even next month”.
He said: “Extra time is inevitable. It is needed to work out any serious deal, it’s necessary to avoid a vote in the British parliament in the short run.”
Dijsselbloem said that the extra time would allow for a new election in the UK or even a People’s Vote.
“It also may be necessary to allow for new elections or a second referendum if the deal gets rejected in the medium term, which still seems pretty likely.”
He added: “The decision to stop the clock won’t come until the very last minute.
“It won’t be the first time that time has provided us with solutions in times of European crises.”