MEP Atkinson asks Orbán to prevent Article 50 extension

Pro-Brexit British MEP Janice Atkinson wrote a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asking him to block the extension of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty so that Brexit can proceed according to the wish of the British voters.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, MEP Atkinson asked the Hungarian Prime Minister to block the extension of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty at a European Council meeting on March 21st and 22nd.

"You will understand the intransigence of Juncker, Barnier, Tusk, Verhofstadt and the socialists who are all against the democratic will of the people. Indeed, you and your country are under attack from the EU political elite, so are the British people who voted for Brexit," Atkinson argued in her letter.

The United Kingdom formally notified the European Council - made up of the leaders of all EU member states - of its intention to leave the EU on March 29th, 2017, triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Paragraph 3 of Article 50 says: "The Treaties shall cease to apply to the States in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification (...)".

Atkinson wrote that since a decision to extend Article 50 must be made unanimously, Orbán's veto would effectively block the extension, saying that an extension "would be the worst betrayal of the British people in modern history".


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