April 12, 2019 / 5:55 AM / 5 months ago

EU stands together to avoid no-deal Brexit, German minister says

FILE PHOTO: German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

BERLIN (Reuters) - The latest European Union decision to grant Britain a further Brexit extension shows that European leaders are able to find a common solution, Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

“In the end, we stood together when it came to the extension until end October and cooperated well with the British government”, Altmaier told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

He said he was optimistic that a no-deal scenario could be avoided in the future, adding that although no one knew how well London would be prepared for a disorderly Brexit, the fact that cross-party discussions between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour were being held for the first time was a positive sign.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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