WORLD France says no benefit in Brexit decision delay


France says no benefit in Brexit decision delay


02:17, October 20, 2019

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stands at left, to give a statement to lawmakers inside the House of Commons to update details of his new Brexit deal with EU, in London Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. (Photo: AP)

France’s presidential Elysee Palace says there’s nothing to be gained by prolonging a decision on the Brexit accord.

The Elysee says that “a supplementary delay is in the interest of no one.”

The remarks came after British lawmakers voted to delay their decision on the deal for the UK’s exit from the European Union, currently scheduled for Oct. 31. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now required to ask the EU to delay Britain’s departure.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office says that given that a deal was negotiated, “it’s now up to the British Parliament to say if it approves or rejects it. There must be a vote on the fundamentals.”

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit official says expert legislators will assess the House of Commons vote Monday in the knowledge that any European Union legislative approval before the Oct. 31 deadline is extremely tight.

Guy Verhofstadt said the legislature’s Brexit Steering Group meets on Monday as planned. Earlier he said the British approval process needed to be completed before the EU parliament would fully vote on it.

With time tight before Thursday’s last slated session of the EU parliament, a technical extension of the Oct. 31 date likely would be needed.

The next EU plenary beyond next week would be Nov. 13, necessitating at least a two-week extension for the EU final approval.

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