March 14, 2019 / 7:57 AM / 7 months ago

German economy minister: I would not set artificial limit to Brexit delay

FILE PHOTO: Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier delivers a statement after the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Thursday said the European Union should “constructively” discuss the question of a potential delay of Britain’s departure from the bloc and that he would not set “artificial” limits in doing so.

“I would not set any artificial boundaries here”, Altmaier, a close ally of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, told public radio BR.

“We urgently need clarity, we need clarity fast, but we will not make this by always criticising our British friends and partners from a high moral standpoint, but only if we reach a reasonable solution,” he added.

The British parliament on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal and is due to vote on the issue of postponing the Brexit deadline, originally planned for March 29, on Thursday.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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