FIRST AIRED: January 18, 2019

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program
0:00
0:00
More Info

COMING UP:Share Opener Variant 2

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> Thank you.>> EU negotiators are watching Britain's Brexit drama and eating popcorn, one of them has joked, likening the UK's divorce from the EU to reality TV. But as Reuters' Alastair MacDonald says, amusement masks concern.>> The Europeans are somewhat frozen out of the Brexit talks at the moment.
00:00:20
There isn't much for them to do, and so they are watching and waiting. Waiting for British Prime Minister Teresa May to come back with some further proposals. In the meantime, they've been watching the difficulty she's having. They've been watching the House of Commons, the British Parliament going through all sorts of historic contortions.
00:00:39
They do not want this show to go on.>> After all, EU lawmakers do have other stuff to be getting on with. Like the EU Parliament elections in May. French President, Emmanuel Macron, has warned against wasting time as the EU tries to reshape the Eurozone and to reform.
00:00:57
And then, this Brexit boredom.
00:00:59
BLANK_AU
IO]
00:01:00
Just hours after Teresa May's deal was shot down in Parliament, EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, told hundreds of empty seats at a Brexit debate, that all the EU can do is wait for Brits to make up their minds. That could take a while.>> They are very reluctant to see the Brexit process extended.
00:01:20
They will do it for a few weeks or months, they tell us, if Britain just needs a little bit more time to tidy up loose ends, rather than a hard Brexit in March that would be difficult for everybody. But the idea of this continuing for months and months, possibly another year, is one of the options for extending the process, is one that makes people groan.
00:01:42
>> Some European leaders are still reaching out to Britain in the hope it'll change its mind. We don't want you to go, is the view from Brussels. But if you're going, then please, just get on with it.
00:01:54