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Belgium: Time frame for Brexit deal is 'challenging' - Von der Leyen

Belgium, Brussels
December 13, 2019 at 15:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on the Brexit withdrawal agreement to be ratified by January amid a "challenging" time frame, as she and European Council President Charles Michel commented on the results of the UK's general elections in Brussels on Friday.

"The time frame ahead of us is very challenging," von der Leyen said after congratulating UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his win. "We will have to work as soon as possible. We will be ready to get the most out of the short period available."

The EU Commission head added that she wanted the EU and the UK to enter an "unprecedented partnership" with relations being "as close as possible, in full respect of our principles."

"We are ready to start the next phase, we are ready also to defend and to promote the European interest. The level playing field is a very important goal for us," Michel said.

Johnson's Conservatives secured the biggest majority since the 1980s with 364 seats, with one result still to be declared, while the Labour party won 203 seats, down 42 from 2017.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on the Brexit withdrawal agreement to be ratified by January amid a "challenging" time frame, as she and European Council President Charles Michel commented on the results of the UK's general elections in Brussels on Friday.

"The time frame ahead of us is very challenging," von der Leyen said after congratulating UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his win. "We will have to work as soon as possible. We will be ready to get the most out of the short period available."

The EU Commission head added that she wanted the EU and the UK to enter an "unprecedented partnership" with relations being "as close as possible, in full respect of our principles."

"We are ready to start the next phase, we are ready also to defend and to promote the European interest. The level playing field is a very important goal for us," Michel said.

Johnson's Conservatives secured the biggest majority since the 1980s with 364 seats, with one result still to be declared, while the Labour party won 203 seats, down 42 from 2017.

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