France says no to further delay on Brexit

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French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has rejected any further delay to Britain’s exit from the EU, currently scheduled for 31 October but clouded by political turmoil in London.

“In the current circumstances, it’s no! We are not going to go through this every three months,” Le Drian said Sunday on French TV, Le Grand Rendez-vous Europe1/CNEWS/Les Echos.

“The [British] say that they want to put forward other solutions, alternative arrangements so that they can leave,” Mr Le Drian said, referring to the Irish backstop logjam.

“But we have not seen them and so it is ‘no’ – let the British authorities tell us the way forward.”

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.

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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