Brexit Decision Could Take Days

BERLIN (AP) – It may take a few days for the European Union to decide whether to grant a postponement for the British exit from the bloc, the German Economy Minister said on Monday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctantly sent a letter requesting an extension beyond October 31, after the British Parliament put the brakes on its efforts to approve a new divorce agreement in time for the deadline.

The Johnson government will try to get a vote on the deal this week, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on the Deutschlandfunk radio station.

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"We will have some more clarity in the coming days, and then we will exercise our responsibility and make a quick decision," he said.

The minister said he would not have problems with an extension of “a few days or a few weeks” if that prevents Brexit without agreement.

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