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Seven Days: 19 July 2019

Seven Days: 19 July 2019

Brexit delayed?

New president speaks

New EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen hinted at the possibility of a delay to the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc, which is scheduled for 31 October 2019. “I stand ready for further extension of the withdrawal date, should more time be required for a good reason,” the former German defence minister told the EU parliament, who cited the preservation of citizens’ rights and stability on the island of Ireland. Mrs Von der Leyen was booed by Brexit party MEPs, while party leader Nigel Farage said that she had “just made Brexit a lot more popular in the United Kingdom”.

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