EU Parliament (image via flickr)

The Brexit issue is not going to be out of fashion anytime soon, as long as it actually materializes, and until then the European Union will continue to be preoccupied with it. The EU leaders do not like the fact that Brexit practically overshadowed all the other aspects of European continental politics, and the 28-nation bloc, which is soon to become a 27-nation bloc, has reduced itself to focusing on the developments emanating from London. Like the British society that is almost evenly divided over the Brexit, the EU leaders have also mixed opinions over the issue. For instance, according to one key player who is closely observing this development from the EU perspective, believes that the UK will not leave EU. That, neither they (UK) will find the exit, nor they have the will to do so.

While the other EU diplomats believe the possibility of avoiding a no-deal Brexit as a lost cause. However, there are some who rule out the chances of another referendum, which has been debated for a while in the UK politics as the confirmatory referendum on Brexit, rejecting it as an undemocratic suggestion, and thus implying that Britain must leave now. Some even heard Macron saying, against an extension to the Brexit deadline in response to Theresa May’s request to the May 29 deadline, that “no way, no way, let’s give her a week.”
Still, the magnanimity of the EU allowed UK an extension until October 31, 2019, despite its leaders’ concerns that it is “Westminster’s responsibility to resolve the mess.”
However, as a policy guideline to the EU, the director of a think tank, Jacques Delors Institute, tweeted that,

But the hard politics is harsher, and the reality is that there is barely a consensus among the EU leaders over what could be termed as the most contentious issue facing the bloc since its formation.
Still the continental view over this reluctant divorce that the UK has been seeking since 2016, has affected its leaders in different ways. There are two extremes: on one side, there are individuals like Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council of member states, whose ultimate wish is no Brexit at all; while at the other extreme are those EU officials and states which consider as a thorn in the rose, i.e. EU. And they want to get rid of it, the sooner the better.
On the UK side, it is too early to say about the actual impacts of the 2016 referendum that pushed the Westminster into seceding the 43 years of marriage. One ugly example, could be equating the UK’s Brexit as an act of suicide-bombing steps towards the EU, implying that  it would be mutually destructive. For EU’s integrity as an alliance, aiming to form a federal union in some foreseeable future, and also for the UK’s internal integrity in relation to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
But one thing is certain, that Brexit will tend to stigmatize and, in a way, disillusion EU’s long-held belief and conviction in the United States of Europe. In other words, the UK’s divorce with the EU is likely to breach the notion of liberal institutionalism, and will give rise to the theory of ‘Realism’ in the perspective of International Relations.

In layman’s words, the Brexit could trigger further such incidents, and the recent European elections are a further indicative of this assertion, which had resulted in the victories of populist parties, not only in the UK but also in other EU countries.