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Brexit: French minister Jean-Yves Le Drian threatens to veto three-month delay

London Times [1]
September 9, 2019

Political chaos in Westminster and Boris Johnson’s failure to hold meaningful negotiations means that France will veto another delay to Brexit, the country’s foreign minister said.

Frustration is growing across Europe at the deepening political deadlock and brinkmanship in Britain combined with the prime minister’s failure to table an alternative to the Irish backstop.

House of Commons legislation requires Mr Johnson to ask for a new delay at an EU summit on October 17 by extending the Article 50 withdrawal process until January 31.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, said that President Macron would veto the request unless Britain changed political course. “In the current circumstances, it’s no,” he told Europe1 radio. “We are not going to go through this every three months.”

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