Germany is willing to accept the UK short-term extension for its departure from the European Union if it will be for the right political reason, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview to N-TV channel.
“We need to know: What will be the reason for this?” Maas said. “If it will be about pushing back the date by two or three weeks to allow lawmakers in London to implement the ratification of the exit bill in a reasonable way, I think this will rather not be a problem” the Minister added.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was up to the EU to decide whether it wanted to delay Brexit and for how long, after a defeat in Westminster made ratification of his Withdrawal Agreement (WA) by the October 31 deadline almost impossible.
British MEP and leader of Brexit party Nigel Farage (pictured) said six month extension would be right time top organise general elections and move on with Brexit.
Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas shared his hope of Westiminster lawmakers would vote to proceed with an orderly Brexit, he also confirmed his readiness for a short extension of Brexit for the lawmakers to proceed with the legislation.
“I hope that the British lower house, showing the necessary responsibility, can take a decision on this today and that on the basis of this decision we will be in a position to achieve an orderly Brexit,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
“Should there be problems in Britain with the ratification, I would not rule out that there could be a short, technical extension,” the top diplomat added.
“Should there not be a majority in the British lower house, then we in the European Union would have to look at whether there would then be a full extension – and only then would there be a decision about that. At the moment, I don’t think it is sensible or appropriate to speculate about that.”
German Federal minister of Foreign affairs Heiko Maas said a discussion should be held on whether to re-open the draft Article 50 deal for Britain’s departure from the European Union, but on condition of the EU member-states unanimity on the issue. (Image above: Frankfurt).
Maas told public broadcaster ZDF late on 17 of January he had spoken to Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, adding that it had become clear this week that there was no majority for a no-deal Brexit in the British House of Commons.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas agreed to attempt the re-launch of the efforts to solve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-speaking population backed by Moscow, have been fighting Ukraine troops since 2014, triggering Western sanctions.
Maas suggested reviving the peace talks between Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia which led to the 2015 Minsk II agreement, unimplemented so far.
“We are ready to consider this offer,” Lavrov said.
Maas repeatedly called for “honest dialogue” with Kremlin, “particularly during difficult times.” He said that Moscow and Berlin had their differences but called for Russia to be included in global diplomacy. He admitted that the conflict in Syria “cannot be solved without Russia.”
Ahead of his visit, Maas said had that Germany was ready for that dialogue, but also expected “constructive efforts” from Russia, for example with regard to the conflicts in Syria or Ukraine.