/French minister: European Union won’t grant UK Brexit delay as things stand

French minister: European Union won’t grant UK Brexit delay as things stand

French President Emmanuel Macron and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

But UK chancellor says Boris Johnson wants a deal, not an extension.

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9/8/19, 12:07 PM CET

Updated 9/8/19, 12:15 PM CET

Brussels won’t grant the U.K. a Brexit extension beyond October 31 if circumstances remain the same, Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, said Sunday.

“The British must tell us what they want,” he told Europe1 radio, Reuters reported. “We are not going to do this [grant an extension] every three months.”

But U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants a deal, not an extension, Chancellor Sajid Javid told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

“The prime minister will go to the [European] Council meeting on the 17th and 18th [of October], he’ll be trying to strike a deal. He absolutely will not be asking for an extension in that meeting,” Javid said.

The British parliament last week voted to force Johnson to ask for an extension if he can’t get an agreement, in order to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson has repeatedly stressed that the U.K. will leave the bloc on October 31, with or without a deal.

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