20 March 2019
The EU has made clear that if the UK wants a longer extension, it will have to take part in the European Parliament elections at the end of May. Dr Sarah Wolff argued that without further guarantees on a way forward, the EU has little to gain in granting a long extension or watching the UK take part in the European Parliament elections. "The EU has no interest in making it easy to leave the [bloc]. With the rise of populism in the European Parliament, you do not want to give the impression that the EU is a bad negotiator and that you can actually come back to it.” "Brexit is the third crisis we have faced in the past decade," Wolff said, adding that while the eurozone and migration crises caused rifts between the members, there hasn't been much divergence on the issue of Brexit.