March 21, 2019 / 7:13 AM / 4 months ago

EPP's Weber: I can't imagine Brexit extension until June

Manfred Weber, the European People's Party's lead candidate in the European Parliament elections, speaks after a meeting to decide on the fate of Hungary's Fidesz party, in Brussels, Belgium March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

BERLIN (Reuters) - Extending Britain’s departure from the European Union until June is not a good idea as it would have to participate in the European Parliament election, Manfred Weber, the centre-right’s lead candidate in the vote, said on Thursday.

“I can’t imagine an extension until the end of June. The (EU) Commission has repeatedly explained that in this case, Britain has to participate in the election and this would lead to big uncertainties,” Weber told German public radio DLF.

He added that the “political chaos” in London had the potential to “contaminate” the EU.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel

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