Ursula von der Leyen 'ready' to agree another Brexit delay as she seeks support for top EU job

Mail Online | 7/16/2019 | Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Ursula von der Leyen was heckled by Brexit Party MEPs as she said she was 'ready' to further delay the UK's departure from the EU as she tried to persuade the European Parliament to make her the bloc's next boss.

Mrs von der Leyen faces a crunch vote this afternoon when she will need to win the support of a majority of MEPs in order to be installed as Jean-Claude Juncker's replacement.

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But the difficulty of the task facing the outgoing German defence minister was highlighted by the reaction when she said she would be open to pushing back Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

Mrs von der Leyen had prompted applause from Nigel Farage and his grouping of 29 MEPs as she referred to the UK's decision to vote to leave the EU in 2016.

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But they then switched to jeering and howls of derision as she confirmed her willingness to postpone Brexit past Halloween while other MEPs responded with muted applause.

She said of the 2016 referendum result: 'This is a serious decision. We regret it but we respect it. Since then together with the current government of the UK the EU has worked hard to organise the orderly departure of the UK.

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'The Withdrawal Agreement concluded with the government of the UK provides certainty where Brexit created uncertainty.

'In preserving the rights of citizens and in preserving peace and stability on the island of Ireland, these two priorities are mine too.

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'However, I stand ready for further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason.'

Brexit Party MEPs could be heard shouting 'No!' and booing Mrs von der Leyen while Mr Farage later used his speech to the European Parliament to claim she had 'just made Brexit a lot more popular'.

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