BERLIN (AP) — European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he cannot rule out that a delayed Brexit could mean the United Kingdom (UK) would participate in this spring’s European Parliament election.
However, Juncker told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published yesterday that such a scenario was “difficult to imagine”, saying it would be a “belated joke of history”.
Britain is scheduled to withdraw from the EU on March 29, but the UK government is trying to revisit a divorce deal agreed with the EU last year. Brussels is refusing to budge.
Juncker told the Stuttgarter Zeitung it’s up to Britain to decide whether it wants to request a delay to the Brexit date, but that it should happen before the newly elected European Parliament gathers in early June. The election takes place on May 23-26.