Brexit should be cancelled, Austrian Prime Minister Christian Kern says

Brexit should be cancelled, Austrian Prime Minister Christian Kern says

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Austria’s Prime Minister has said he hopes that Brexit can be reversed, hours after British MPs voted to give themselves a veto on Theresa May’s final deal.
Arriving at European Council summit in Brussels, Christian Kern said Brexit would likely throw up problems that are “not easy to solve”.
“I hope that it could be reversed, because there will be a lot of big issues, challenges, [that are] not easy to solve, and there will be a lot of tensions in domestic political area in Great Britain, so who knows,” the Federal Chancellor told reporters on the doorstep of the summit.
But asked how likely he believed Brexit’s reversal he replied: “Good question. I don’t know.”
Mr Kern, who is soon expected to leave office when ongoing coalition talks conclude, appeared unphased by Parliament giving itself a vote on the final Brexit deal.
“Such a very big international contract and agreement, in our case in Austria would be agreed by the Austrian parliament, so that’s just exactly the situation we’re going to have in the United Kingdom. I don’t see any additional obstacles,” he said.
Austria will be taking up the European Council’s rotating presidency during a crucial period for Brexit negotiations: between July and December 2018. Mr Kern is unlikely to be Prime Minister then, with right-winger Sebastian Kurz likely to prevail in coalition talks with the far-right FPO.
Mr Kern’s reaction to the news that MPs will be given a vote contrasted with that of other EU leaders national leaders arriving at the summit. Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, told reporters in Brussels that Parliament’s decision last night to give itself a vote would make negotiations more complicated.
This is not good for Theresa May … as soon as she negotiates something she will have to go back to London to get approval from her Parliament,a and this is not making her life easier,” he said.
“This doesn’t change anything on the agenda, it’s just going to make it more complicated for the UK government.”
Mr Bettel replied “no” when asked by reporters whether the EU would re-open negotiations if MPs reject the deal.
However, Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister, said he expected the PM to be able to pass any deal.
“Yes, I do think so. I believe that in UK society and also in political circles there’s widespread support for a reasonable negotiated exit of Britain from the European Union,” he said.
“I still think she has a formidable stature here and last week Friday showed all of us that we should not underestimate Theresa May. She’s a formidable politician,” he said.
He added that the question of whether Parliament should get a vote was “up to Parliament and the Government in the UK, how to exactly calibrate that relationship”.
National leaders are arriving in Brussels today for the two-day meeting, where they will start by discussing the EU’s response to the migration crisis and a new bloc-wide defence pact.

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