Merkel: Brexit extension should be ‘as short as possible’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin on April 9, 2019 | Omer Messinger via Getty Images

Merkel: Brexit extension should be ‘as short as possible’

The German Chancellor also said that the Tories and Labour should be given time to find a compromise.


4/10/19, 2:56 PM CET

Updated 4/10/19, 3:28 PM CET

Any Brexit extension offered to the United Kingdom should be “as short as possible,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Speaking in Berlin ahead of Wednesday’s emergency EU summit in Brussels, Merkel expressed support for granting the U.K. a further extension in order to allow Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservatives and the opposition Labour party to find a compromise.

“I am of the opinion — and the Cabinet is of the opinion — that we should give the two parties a reasonable amount of time,” she said, adding that the extension would probably last “months.”

But the Chancellor added that the extension should be “as short as possible” while also long enough to give the EU “the peace of mind that we won’t need to occupy ourselves with the same issue every two weeks.”

The Council had granted a Brexit extension at a summit in late March, setting two new deadlines: if the House of Commons passed the Withdrawal Agreement, the U.K. could leave on May 22; alternatively, if it did not pass, the U.K. would face crashing out without a deal on April 12.

Merkel said her government’s primary goal was to ensure an “orderly”

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