BERLIN, Sep. 29 (DPA / EP) –
The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said Sunday that Berlin is open to grant the United Kingdom another extension for its exit from the European Union (EU), although under certain conditions.
“If the United Kingdom requests a new extension, we will analyze it constructively,” said Maas. “We are pursuing a clear objective and that is to still reach an agreement with the United Kingdom,” he added.
The German Foreign Minister stressed that it is clear, however, that an extension beyond the departure date previously agreed for October 31 must be “associated with a perspective” on how to continue.
“Uncertainty is a growing burden for our economy and for the EU's capacity for action,” he explained, before clarifying that any proposal by the British Government must be approved by the rest of the 27 member countries of the bloc.
France has already made it clear that it does not believe too much that the Brexit date can be delayed again, claiming that the British Government has no alternative solution.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that his only objective is “to try to reach an agreement,” although he has argued that one must prepare to leave in any case “on October 31.