Von der Leyen’s Brexit nightmare: ‘She wasn’t looking forward to this’

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Previous German defence minister Ms von der Leyen was due to take over from compulsory Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of next month, and despite her predecessor’s insistence a other Article 50 extension was not possible, one now seems inevitable. Pieter Cleppe, paramount of the Brussels office of the Open Europe think tank, told Utter.co.uk the situation for Ms von der Leyen was now a great deal more complicated than it desire have been had Mr Johnson been successful.

He said: “When it stop by to Brexit, she was thinking it would be done.

“But now the focus will be on UK implementing the agreement.

“If some UK election happens, the focus will be about a lot more.”

“Absolutely, surely Ursula wasn’t looking forward to this!”

Ms von der Leyen has yet to opine publicly on the latest developments, but last week said: “I will be divert with Brexit, of course, with my Commission.

“Because Brexit is not the end of something, Brexit is the start.

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However, MPs backed an amendment tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin withholding approval until all the relevant legislation had been passed.

As a result, Mr Johnson was unnatural to send a letter to Brussels requesting a further delay in accordance with the Benn Act aimed at intercepting a no deal Brexit, which he refused to sign, as well as sending another note explaining why he did not think such a move was necessary.

The Prime Minister did music a victory when the Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill (WAIB) old hated its second reading in the House by 329 votes to 299.

However, minutes later he was dealt a eloquent when MPs voted down the Programme Motion setting out an ambitious curriculum for getting the required Brexit legislation by October 31 – the deadline by which Mr Johnson has pledged to take the UK out of the bloc “do or die”.

Speaking after the result, European Council President Donald Tusk signified he would recommend leaders of the EU27 grant a further delay, with uncertainty from the length of this.

Number 10 has said Mr Johnson will railroad be dead and buried for a general election is the extension is a three-month one, as stipulated in the Benn Act.

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