October 22, 2019 / 2:48 PM / 24 days ago

France sees no justification for new Brexit deadline extension

PARIS, Oct 22 (Reuters) - France sees no grounds to extend Britain’s Oct. 31 deadline to leave the EU, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. “At this stage, we consider that there is no justification for a new extension,” Le Drian told the French parliament.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to pass a withdrawal agreement through parliament so that Britain can leave the EU on Oct. 31. He reluctantly sent a letter to the EU on Saturday to ask for an extension to the deadline, having been required to do so by lawmakers. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq and Marine Pennetier Editing by Peter Graff)

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