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2019.10.22 16:27

Lithuania backs short Brexit extension, but longer delay to be ‘considered separately’

BNS 2019.10.22 16:27

Lithuania would back a short Brexit extension if the United Kingdom asked for it, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says.

The minister discussed the issue with his German counterpart Heiko Maasu during a visit to Berlin.

“Our position is similar, we could be more flexible about the possibility of a technical extension, if necessary. If they asked for a longer extension, that should be considered separately,” Linkevičius told BNS by phone from Germany.

“We understand it's not easy for them, so we look at it flexibly, but we also expect more clarity from the United Kingdom, which is still lacking,” the minister said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is awaiting two key Brexit votes in parliament on Tuesday and they might determine if a real possibility would remain to implement his plans lead the country out of the EU by October 31.

Linkevičius and the German minister also discussed the need to maintain close ties with the United States.

“Despite occasional tensions and confrontation on climate change and trade issues, and a tense dialogue in the area of security, we must preserve transatlantic ties,” the minister said.

Economic and military cooperation, the situation in Ukraine and ties with Russia were also discussed during the meeting, Linkevičius said.

During his Berlin visit, the Lithuanian minister opened the Smart Country Convention, with Lithuania being the exhibition's partner country this year.

The exhibition recognises Lithuania's achievements in the area of digital solutions, Linkevičius said.