BERLIN - It would not hurt Europe if Britain was allowed to remain in the European Union customs union and internal market beyond an agreed transitional arrangement, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said.
“What can be extended with no major problem is the January 1, 2020 date for the transition period. If a year is added to that it won’t hurt Europe, I hope not Britain as well,” Asselborn told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday.
German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung had reported late on Tuesday that the European Commission had offered to extend the transition period beyond the end of 2020.
Still one-in-four chance of no-deal Brexit
Earlier in the week, it was reported that there is still a one-in-four chance Britain and the EU part ways in less than six months without reaching a deal, according to a Reuters poll.