April 16, 2019 / 8:59 AM / 9 days ago

EU's Juncker says up to the UK when to leave

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech as European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier listen during a debate on the outcome of the latest European Summit on Brexit, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - It’s up to Britain when it chooses to exit the European Union, the bloc’s chief executive said on Tuesday, adding that it was not his working assumption that Brexit could be reversed or extended beyond a new Oct. 31 deadline.

The EU is on a break from Brexit and will focus on other policy matters, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech on last week’s Brexit summit to a plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald and Clare Roth in Brussels; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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