April 11, 2019 / 8:00 AM / 10 days ago

German conservative: A longer Brexit extension would have been better

German Chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee for foreign affairs Norbert Roettgen holds a news conference at the German Embassy in Washington July 9, 2014. G REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - A longer Brexit extension would have been better, a senior German conservative said on Thursday, after European Union leaders gave Britain six more months to leave the bloc.

Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives, said French President Emmanuel Macron had put his election campaign and interests before European unity. Macron fought a largely solo campaign to persuade EU leaders not to give the British up to another year.

Roettgen - who is head of the foreign affairs committee in Germany’s parliament - wrote on Twitter: “#UK now needs to use new deadline to either decide on the case or a political path forward. Good news: time should be sufficient for that.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin; editing by Thomas Seythal

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