EU chief: UK voting in European election would be a 'joke'

Britain is scheduled to withdraw from the European Union on March 29, but the U.K. government is trying to revisit a divorce deal agreed with the EU last year.

19 February 2019 | 10:25

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 19 February 2019 | 10:25

A protestor holds a Brexit banner near Parliament in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo)

BERLIN: EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker can't rule out that a delayed Brexit could mean the United Kingdom would participate in this spring's European Parliament election, according to his statement.

However, Juncker told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday that such a scenario was "difficult to imagine," saying it would be a "belated joke of history."

Britain is scheduled to withdraw from the European Union on March 29, but the U.K. government is trying to revisit a divorce deal agreed with the EU last year. Brussels is refusing to budge.

Juncker told the Stuttgarter Zeitung it's up to Britain to decide whether it wants to request a delay to the Brexit date, but that it should happen before the newly elected European Parliament gathers in early June.

The election takes place on May 23.

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