April 11, 2019 / 7:59 AM / 2 months ago

German conservative - A longer Brexit extension would have been better

FILE PHOTO: Norbert Roettgen walks at the fraction level of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

BERLIN (Reuters) - A longer Brexit extension would have been better, a senior German conservative said on Thursday, after European Union leaders gave Britain six more months to leave the bloc.

Norbert Roettgen, a senior member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives, said French President Emmanuel Macron had put his election campaign and interests before European unity. Macron fought a largely solo campaign to persuade EU leaders not to give the British up to another year.

Roettgen - who is head of the foreign affairs committee in Germany’s parliament - wrote on Twitter: “#UK now needs to use new deadline to either decide on the case or a political path forward. Good news: time should be sufficient for that.”

Reporting by Michelle Martin; editing by Thomas Seythal

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