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Von der Leyen advocates studying in the middle of the year if the Brexit transition period is extended

December 27, 2019
Ursula von der Leyen, en una comparecencia en el Parlamento Europeo, en la sede de Estrasburgo (Francia)

Ursula von der Leyen, in an appearance in the European Parliament, at the headquarters of Strasbourg (France) – Philipp von Ditfurth / dpa


The president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has advocated to evaluate in mid-2020 the possibility of extending the Brexit transition period to have more time to be able to close a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom after her departure of the European Union.

In an interview with the French economic newspaper 'Les Echos', Von der Leyen has said that he is “very restless” for the “short time” available (from February to the end of 2020) to be able to close a commercial agreement with the United Kingdom in the transition period.

“I am very worried about the little time we have. It is not just about negotiating a free trade agreement but also about numerous other issues,” said the president of the community executive.

In this regard, he said that the two negotiating parties should reflect on whether “the negotiations are feasible in such a short time”. “I think it would be reasonable to stop midway through the year and if necessary agree on an extension of the transition period,” Von der Leyen has considered.

The statements of the president of the European Commission come after December 20 the House of Commons approved the law that lays the foundation for the process of leaving the United Kingdom from the European Union.

The rule expressly prohibits the request for new extensions to the European Union, which would prevent extending the transition period beyond the end of 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to negotiate an “ambitious” agreement in less than a year trade with the European Union, within a series of commitments that must lay the foundations for the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the community bloc.

The Brexit law has yet to complete its processing in the British Parliament from January 7, date on which the activity of the British legislative chambers resumes after the Christmas holiday period.