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10/23, 9:46 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Maas: Delaying Brexit by 2-3 weeks no problem

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday that delaying Brexit by a few weeks would "not be a problem" if the United Kingdom used the deadline extension to pass the legislation necessary to implement the agreement.

Maas stressed the EU needs to know the reason the UK wants to postpone Brexit before deciding if its request will be granted. "If it will be about pushing back the date by two or three weeks to allow lawmakers in London to implement the ratification of the exit bill in a reasonable way, I think this will rather not be a problem," the German top diplomat told news channel n-tv.

On Tuesday, the UK Parliament voted in favor of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal but rejected his timetable which aimed to speed up the legislative process thus making it impossible for the agreement to be ratified before the October 31 deadline. Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk urged member states to allow another Brexit delay in order to avoid a no-deal scenario at the end of the month.

Breaking the News / NP