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France would block a delay to Brexit unless it had a "clear objective" based on a "new choice" by the British, Emmanuel Macron has said.  Independent  
Speaking at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the French president gave the clearest signal from an EU leader so far that there would be conditions on an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.

"We would support an extension request only if it was justified by a new choice of the British," he told reporters.


Will this concentrate minds?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 02:48:05 AM EST
Revoke A.50? That would be a "new" choice for parliament to ahhh debate.

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by Cat on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 05:40:55 AM EST
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Yes, and it shifts negotiations onto new ground. Discussions will no longer be about changing the Withdrawal Agreement and instead come to be about what would be an acceptable plan to justify an extension.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 11:54:13 AM EST
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