April 9, 2019 / 2:10 PM / 11 days ago

France seeks safeguards against UK obstructing EU decision-making - official

European Union and British flags flutter in front of the chancellery ahead of a visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

PARIS (Reuters) - Britain should not be allowed to take part in European Union budget talks or choosing the next head of the European Commission if it takes part in next month’s elections because of a delay to Brexit, a French presidency official said on Tuesday.

Any further extension handed to Britain must protect the smooth running of EU institutions and the remaining 27 states could demand periodic reviews of whether London is honouring commitments not to obstruct the bloc’s decision-making.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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