October 16, 2019 / 9:55 AM / a month ago

UK Brexit minister says would not countenance short 'technical' delay

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit minister Steve Barclay said on Wednesday he would not consider accepting a delay to Britain’s EU exit beyond Oct. 31, even if it was only used to tie up the necessary legal requirements of an agreement.

“No, I think it is important that we leave on the 31st of October,” Barclay told a parliamentary committee.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James

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