October 3, 2019 / 1:17 PM / 17 days ago

Swedish PM says EU willing to discuss Brexit extension, but depends on reason

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm, Sweden, September 28, 2019, TT News Agency/Janerik Henriksson via REUTERS/Files

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The European Union is willing to discuss an extension to Article 50, under which Britain is currently due to exit the bloc on Oct. 31, but there has to be a reason, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Thursday.

“An extension depends on the reason for the extension,” Lofven told reporters after meeting his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar in Stockholm.

“Of course we are willing to discuss this but there needs to be a reason. What are we waiting for?”

Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; editing by Niklas Pollard

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