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EUParliament V.President Wieland +EFDD Group Chair Farage: 2 Opposed Views on BREXIT meet on Timing?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" from 2 clearly Opposed Viewpoints on BREXIT, EU Parliament's vice-President Rainer Wiener, a prominent Christian-Democrat from nearby Germany, and EFDD Group's Chairman Nigel Farage, a UKIP Leader from the UK, appeared set to clearly Prefer that the UK Government's Decision on Triggering the Article 50 (of Lisbon EU Treaty) Procedure would be Taken well Before the forthcoming French Elections of April 2017.


That concrete Point unexpectedly became a "Hot" Issue, when British Prime Minister Theresa May, who had initialy Foreseen to Start that Legal Procedure on March 2017, and had just Prepared things for that, Suddenly made an U-Turn, Today, reportedly Due also to Scotland's NP party's critical stance.


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  - Wieland, speaking Earlier to "Eurofora", stressed from the outset :  - "I think that we (EU) should Proceed very Solidly.


 - "The Next Step will be the Question whether and when the UK is going" out of the EU, he observed.


  - In that regard, "there will be a Letter confirming the (procedure of) Article 50 for the United Kingdom".


- "And we (EU 27) have to be very Clear : It's Not a "Punishment" of the UK. It's a Question whether Europe is a Cherry-Cake, where everybody can Pick up what he wants". "In this, will, obviously, show Clearly that we are very Solid", he advised.


- Nowadays, "by the way, what Happens in the UK shows that it's Not a Fairy Tale, and reminds us what will be the case If the UK Leaves the EU", he Warned.


- Meanwhile, "We always Hope" to "have enough Time" for that, as well as Other Important Political RDVs, in the foreseable Road Ahead for Europe's Future, President Wieland pointed out, in Conclusion, reiterating a preference for an early enough triggering of the BREXIT Legal Process, so that Uncertainties don't Waste too much Time, (probably in view, also, of the forthcoming, May 2019 EU Parament's next Elections).

+ Even more Important : - "Then, I think, this (i.e. the above-mentioned UK-BREXIT related Developments : Comp. SUpra), will also Influence the Elections in France !", Wieland added, referring to the forthcoming, April/May 2017 French Presidential Elections. I.e. something which, in order to work, obviously requires an Early enough Trigerring of the Article 50 procedure by the UK Government, initialy promissed by British Prime Minister Theresa May for this Month of March 2017, (Comp. Supra),


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Farage, almost met, in practice, Wieland's assessment on BREXIT's Timing : 

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    - As things stand Now, - "I think that the Big Debate (of Wednesday, March 15) "will be withOut BREXIT". In fact, "BREXIT is going to be Barely Mentionedn Tomorrow", Farage regretted, as far as a forthcoming MEP's main Topical Debate about EU's Future is concerned, as can be Highlighted by the Latest EU Summit in Brussels, Last Week (9 - 10/3/2017), and the Forthcoming EU Summit for the 60th Anniversary of Rome Treaties, Next Week in Italy, (25/3/2017).


    => - That's "Because We (the UK) will Wait until the 4rth of April" 2017, i.e. the Next EU Parliament's Plenary Session in Strasbourg, (which, by a Coincidence, is also Just 1 Day After Nigel Farage's own, personal BirthDay : April 3)..


    - Indeed, "on the 4rth of April, We (EU Parliament) will have the Big "BREXIT" Debate", he pointed out, in a quite Affirmative way.


    - Since, Meanwhile, "the Article 50" Procedure "will have been Triggered", and "the Parliament will have a Resolution to Vote on", Farage further foresaw.


    - "So, Tomorrow it's Not a BREXIT Debate", Contrary to what many had Initialy Expected, up to the Last Minute, (as, f.ex., inter alia, t's revealed also by EU Parliament's earlier anounced Readiness to eventualy Change its Agenda, even at the Last Minute, If the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, would Decide to trigger the Article 50 procedure this Week).


    - "But, are you Sure about that April Rendez-Vous ? Or, Anything may Happen ?", asked "Eurofora".

    - "It will better be !...", "I'm Sure about that",  Replied with a Bitter Smile, Chairman Farage, clearly Warning that, Otherwise, i.e. in case of any Further Delay to timely Trigger the Article 50 Procedure for BREXIT, there would be a Strong InFight inside the UK...
    
    In Other Words, Both those Diametricaly Opposed, Key MEPs, even without explicitly saying so, (and, obviously for Differend Reasons each one of them), seem to Want to Avoid an even Longer Delay and Uncertainty about UK's position vis a vis the EU, Urging for a prompt Clarification now, Before the French Presidential Elections start on April 23.


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EU Parliament's vice-President Wieland, a Long-Time mainstream MEP from Nearby Baden-Wurtemberg, is also President of the "Federalist" Citizen's Movement "Europa Union" in Germany, since 2011, where he succeeded eminent European Politicians, such as former EU Parliament's President Hans Gert Poettering, (currently "Adenauer Foundation"'s President), Elmar Brok, (Experienced Top MEP and Long-Time former President of EU Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, recently EU co-Rapporteur on the Future of Europe), and Peter Altmeier (MP and Top Counselor of Chancelor Angie Merkel).


EFFDD Group of MEP's Chairman, Farage, a Key "Euro-Sceptic" Leader of the pro-BREXIT Movement in the UK, Long-Time Head of the UKIP party, supported New US President Don Trump's Electoral Campaign, Recently Works also for North American "Fox-News" Media, as well as with UK's "LBC" Radio, (to which he was Broadcasting every Evening", as an EU Parliament's Radio-TV Technician told "Eurofora" this week, probably given, precisely, also the reNewed Topicality of the "BREXIT" issue nowdays).


Paradoxicaly, these, otherwise, Diametricaly Opposed, Key MEPs, Both Claim, however, to give a particular importance to the potential Role of Citizens. 


"Eurofora" Project's, clearly declared, initial main Aim, from the Start, was to try to progressively build a Political Forum on Topical Issues affecting European People's Lives, where Diverse Viewpoints would Present their Opposed Arguments, as a Part of a much Needed "European Space for Public Debate" throughout all EU/CoE Countries united together, and well beyond.

 

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(NDLR : President Wieland, and Chairman Farage's above mentioned declarations to "Eurofora", were made at Different Moments, but at the Same Place : EU Parliament in Strasbourg, and on the Same Issue : BREXIT, which notoriously Became Anew Topical this week, Given, particularly, several Recent, still-on going Developmenrts inside the UK, etc).

 

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(Opinion).

 In Democracy, the forthcoming choices for EU's Top Jobs, as the New EU Parliament's President, new EU Commission's President (+ probably EU Council's President, EU Foreign Minister, etc) should be made according to EU Citizens' Votes in June 7, 2009 European Elections, and main EU Governments' strategic policies.

At the heart of the biggest EU Countries, in France and Germany, EU Citizens clearly voted for a renovated, non-technocratic but Political Europe based on Values, declared explicitly incompatible with Turkey's controversial EU bid.

This main choice was also supported in several other small or medium EU Countries, such as Austria (cf. promise of a Referendum), Spain (cf. EPP program's reservations vis a vis Enlargment), etc., while EPP Parties won also in Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, etc.

In other Countries, whenever Governing coalitions didn't make these choices or eluded them, continuing to let a Turkish lobby push for its entry into the EU, they paid a high price, and risked to damage Europe, by obliging EU Citizens to massively vote for euro-Sceptics whenever they were the only ones to offer a possibility to promise  real change and oppose Turkey's demand to enter into the EU :

It's for this obvious reason that British UKIP (IndDem) succeeded now (after many statements against Turkey's EU bid) to become Great Britain's 2nd Party, unexpectedly growing bigger even than the Governing Labour Party, as well as the Liberal party  ! Facts prove that it's not an isolated phenomenon : A similar development occured in the Netherlands, where Geert Wilders "Party for Freedom" (PVV) became also the 2nd biggest in the country, (after EPP), boosting the chances of a politician who had withdrawn in 2004 from an older party "because he didn't agree with their position on Turkey". And in several other EU Member Countries, even previously small parties which now focused on a struggle against Turkey's controversial demand to enter in the EU, won much more or even doubled the number of their MEPs (fex. Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, etc).

On the contrary, whenever Socialist and oher parties were explicitly or implicitly for Turkey's controversial EU bid, they obviously lost Citizens' votes and fell down to an unprecedented low.

In consequence, EU Citizens clearly revealed their main political choices, in one way or another : They voted to change for less Bureaucracy, but more Politics and Values in a Europe really open to EU Citizens, but without Turkey's controversial EU bid.

Recent political developments are obviously different from the old political landscape which existed in the Past of 1999-2004, when Socialists based on Turkish 1% vote governed undisputed not only in Germany, but also in the UK, Greece and elsewhere, France followed old policies decided when it had been divided by "cohabitation", before the 3 "NO" to EU  Referenda since May 2005, before Merkel, before Sarkozy, etc.... before the surprises of 7 June 2009 new EU Elections.

If the current candidates to the Top EU jobs promise and guarantee to respect People's democratic choices, OK.

Otherwise, Europe must find new candidates, really motivated and able to implement these democratic choices of the People.

The beginning of crucial, final Decisions are scheduled for the 1st EU Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg, in the middle of July, and they could be completed towards the October session, when Lisbon Treaty's fate will have been fixed.


See relevant Facts also at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2009electionsandturkey.html
http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/daulelections.html
http://www.eurofora.net/brief/brief/euroelectionresult.html

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