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May + Juncker fix BREXIT's Backstop with Strasbourg Legal Mechanism Deal allowing New UK-EU Relation

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11.03.19
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- By an irony of the sort, and/or by an Historic Symbolism, it's facing Winston Churchil's spiritual "baby"'s Headquarters, near the PanEuropean Organisation for Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy, the CoE, which currently celebrates its 70th Anniversary (1949-2019),

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that embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May and experienced EU Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker, after Longer than scheduled, last-minute Talks, succeeded to Agree on a "Legal Mechanism" able to Fix the Backstop Problem in the BREXIT Deal, and allowing to open asap. fresh UK - EU Talks on their "New Relationship" for the Future, as they ensured Journalists in EU Paliament, including "Eurofora", in a Press Conference held just 1 Day before crucial Votes at Westminster, in London, and 1 Week before a Decisive EU Summit in Brussels, dedicated to those issues.

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They were accompanied particularly by EU's Negociator on BREXIT, Michel Barnier, and spend Twice the laps of Time initialy scheduled for this Evening's Talks, (More than 2 Hours, from 9 pm up to 11 pm, instead of just 1, from 9 to 10, as it had been planed).

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Meanwhile numerous Journalists were anxiously waiting at EU Parliament's PressRoom for an eventual, Hypothetic Press Conference, for which Nobody had appeared sure at the beginning, but almost everybody looked happy when, at last, UK's and EU's Flags were set up for that key event, shortly before Midnight...

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Juncker stressed that the "Instrument" Agreed Today had a serious "Legal Force", helped address the controversial "Backstop" on Northern Ireland's Borders as a kind of "Insurance" only for a Limited period of time, added to a guarantee against undesirable effects, and anounced that the EU is Now "Ready to Immediately Begin Talks on our (EU - UK) Future Relationship".

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May underlined that the British People will finally get what they had voted for, with an absolute Majority, at the BREXIT Referendum on 2016, including, among others, also, f.ex., "Regain Control of UK's Borders", Freedom from EU's Courts, from several EU Policies, as f.ex. on Fisheries, etc, would Spare a lot of the Money previously spend for EU Budget, etc, and, in exchange, they would Focus, in the Future, mainly on Trade and Safety, which would be "Good both for the UK and the EU".  

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The Time that will be needed for an Agreement on their Future Relationship is, apparently, due to be much Shorter, than what had been necessary for the BREXIT Deal.

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Meanwhile, the Backstop mechanism against Hard Borders at Northern Ireland, will Not Stay Indefinitively, and "Alternative Measures" must be prepared, towards the "End of 2020".

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Meanwhile, Juncker has already spoken Today with EU Council's President, Donald Tusk, in order to Confirm the Endorsement of this Strasbourg's Legal Instrument, by the forthcoming EU Summit about BREXIT on March 20 in Brussels, while May met here also with EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajiani, as well as with other Top MEPs, Heads of key Political Groups, as, f.ex, Guy Verhofstadt, Chairman of the Liberals, who is also EU Parliament's Rapporteur on BREXIT, etc.

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Juncker welcomes May at EU Parliament in Strasbourg (Per Bang Thomsen for "Eurofora")

 

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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