Next EU chief Ursula von der Leyen says she would agree to a further Brexit delay

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Jean-Claude Juncker's potential replacement as the president of the European Commission has said she is open to a further Brexit delay - but only if it is for a 'good reason'.

Ursula von der Leyen said in a letter to MEPs that if she is elected as Mr Juncker's successor then she will strive to secure an 'ambitious and strategic partnership' with the UK.

Boost - Remain - Campaigners - Extension - October

In a major boost for Remain campaigners she said that she would support a further extension beyond the current October 31 deadline.

But she also insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with Theresa May is still the 'best and only possible deal for an orderly withdrawal'.

Comments - Finality - Deal - Strength - Opposition

Her comments on the finality of the current deal highlight the strength of opposition likely to face Boris Johnson and his plan to renegotiate the terms of Britain's divorce from the bloc if he becomes PM next week.

Brexit has already been delayed twice since the original March 29 deadline.

Ms - Von - Der - Leyen - Leaders

Ms von der Leyen was chosen by the leaders of the EU's 28 member states to be Mr Juncker's replacement.

But she must win the backing of a majority of MEPs at a secret ballot due to take place tomorrow in order to become the first female president of the European Commission.

Defence - Minister - Letter - MEPs - Today

The German defence minister used a letter to socialist and liberal MEPs today to make a series of promises as she sought to persuade them to back her appointment.

She concluded her letter with a lengthy passage on her Brexit vision as she said: 'If elected, I am ready to pave the way to the ambitious and strategic partnership we want to build with the United Kingdom.

Time - Reasons - Extension - Reasons

'Should more time be required and should there be good reasons provided, I will support a further extension if good reasons...
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