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UK refuses to nominate EU commissioner before election

The United Kingdom refused to nominate a European commissioner before the country's general election on December 12 despite Brussels asking London to propose a candidate as soon as possible after it failed to leave the European Union on October 31, a spokesman confirmed on Thursday.

The new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen was supposed to take over from the previous one on December 1. However, under current rules, Von der Leyen will not be able to begin her job until Britain nominates its commissioner. According to some media reports, the Commission's legal service told Von der Leyen that she can take over from Jean-Claude Juncker as scheduled if the European Parliament confirms all other nominees by then.

Last week, Von der Leyen urged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to nominate a female commissioner in order to achieve gender equality in terms of the male to female ratio among commissioners.

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