October 21, 2019 / 10:22 AM / a month ago

German minister doesn't rule out short Brexit extension

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s foreign minister said he hoped British lawmakers would vote on Monday to proceed with an orderly Brexit, adding that he could imagine a short extension to Britain’s departure from the European Union if London needed the time to pass legislation.

“I hope that the British lower house, showing the necessary responsibility, can take a decision on this today and that on the basis of this decision we will be in a position to achieve an orderly Brexit,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin.

“Should there be problems in Britain with the ratification, I would not rule out that there could be a short, technical extension,” he added.

“Should there not be a majority in the British lower house, then we in the European Union would have to look at whether there would then be a full extension - and only then would there be a decision about that. At the moment, I don’t think it is sensible or appropriate to speculate about that.”

Writing by Paul Carrel,; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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