September 10, 2019 / 11:22 AM / 11 days ago

Incoming head of EU executive says next steps on Brexit entirely in UK hands

European Commission's president-designate Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The next head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Tuesday the next steps on Brexit are entirely in the hands of the United Kingdom.

She said the EU had never wanted Brexit to happen but respected the Britain’s decision to go.

“Brexit, should it happen, is not the end of something but the beginning of our future relationship,” she said. “I want this relationship, as it has been in the past, to be a good relationship.”

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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