As New Europe wrote after the announcement of the UK referendum, the position of the UK Commissioner, Jonathan Hill, became politically untenable.
Hill announced his resignation earlier today, opening up a can of worms for the UK who according to the EU treaty will have to send a new candidate for European Commissioner.
The selection process and national political process aside, the resignation of Hill has given the EU an additional advantage.
With all the major political forces in the European Parliament exerting pressure on the UK to activate article 50 and trigger the official beginning of a Brexit, the new UK Commissioner candidate is set to become a pawn in this tug-of-war.
The EPP, S&D, and ALDE Groups in the European Parliament could simply keep rejecting candidates from the UK to fill the post of Commissioner until article 50 is activated.
And even if that happens, and the last Commissioner for the UK arrives in Brussels, his portfolio is not likely to be exciting.
After all Hill’s portfolio has already been handed to Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.
For now, it seems that we are currently in a waiting game; waiting to see who will pick up after outgoing Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, who has left several tasks, including the activation of article 50, and the selection of the next Commissioner.
David Cameron will not make decision on UK commissioner to replace Lord Hill – up to next PM to decide, Downing St spokes.
— Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) June 25, 2016