Ireland warns any UK ask for Brexit extension not straightforward

FILE IMAGE: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney speaks as he leaves the General Affairs council dealing with the state of play of Brexit, in Luxembourg October 15,2019 REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s position stays that giving an extension to Brexit is more suitable to Britain crashing out of the European Union without an offer but there is no warranty that view is shared throughout the bloc, its foreign minister said.

” The Irish government position has always been that an extension is preferable to a no deal and I do not think that will change but this needs to be a decision that is a collective choice by the European Council,” Simon Coveney informed Irish national broadcaster RTE on Saturday.

” Any one prime minister can avoid that and I think the EU desires to see certainty and an end to endless settlement and speculation so I think a demand for an extension is not uncomplicated.”

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Modifying by Alexandra Hudson

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