Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne is open to an extension of the Brexit negotiations. It was important to prevent Britain from leaving without agreements.
European Council Chairman Antti Rinne has agreed to postpone Britain’s exit from the EU. He would consider a request to extend the negotiations, said Rinne the World on Sunday. It was important to prevent hard Brexit.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has two weeks to come up with new proposals for a deal, Rinne said. “But it seems Johnson only now understood what a big mess it is and he’s struggling to come up with a suggestion to get him out of there,” said the Finnish Prime Minister, whose country is currently chairing the EU Council,
Therefore, he expects that the EU summit on 17 and 18 October will be an extension of the negotiations instead of “concrete solutions”.
The Brexit talks are scheduled to resume in Brussels on Monday. The EU is demanding a break from London by next Friday. Until then, a “new legal text” must be available so that an agreement can be reached before the Brexit deadline of 31 October, said representatives of the EU Commission and the Council of the Member States. In March and April, the date for the Brexit had already been postponed several times.