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Slovenia for another Brexit delay if it's reasoned


Commenting on the Brexit developments on the sidelines of a parliament session on Monday, Šarec said that "if the MPs in Britain decided the prime minister must ask for an extension, then it's a legitimate decision and we'll make a decision of our own in the coming days".

He referred to the British government sending a letter to the president of the European Council on Saturday asking for a three-month delay of Brexit, which is currently scheduled for 31 October.

Later in the day, Šarec's office said in a release that taking into account the UK's determination to leave the EU, Slovenia supported an orderly exit. "Another potential postponement would be sensible only if it is a reasoned postponement and if it contributes to achieving this goal," it wrote.

The UK's request came after the British House of Commons opted to postpone the final confirmation of the latest Brexit deal until the relevant legislation has been passed. Tusk announced consultations about the EU's response of the EU, and according to Šarec, this is when EU leaders are to adopt a joint decision.

Šarec added in parliament that "Slovenia is constructive when it comes to this issue as it could be in this chaotic situation", and expressed the hope that a "solution that we all expect will finally come and that there will be no no-deal Brexit".

According to Šarec, Slovenia will accept any solution which is acceptable for Ireland in particular, because it is the country affected by Brexit the most, and which is beneficial for the EU.

Šarec spoke to the press after the government decided at today's correspondence session to endorse the decision of the European Council on the conclusion and signing of the agreement on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This government position was also confirmed today by the parliamentary EU Affairs Committee.

Šarec also commented on the situation in Catalonia, where protests are being held after the Spanish Supreme Court has recently sentenced nine Catalan political and civil society leaders to prison for sedition in relation to the 2017 independence referendum.

While he said that the situation, when it came to independence aspirations, was not comparable to Slovenia's independence, "neither it is desired or allowed that a European country solves problems with any form of violence".

"We're monitoring the developments and I hope that the violence which is happening there will stop," Šarec said, adding that "what is happening now is not good for the EU".


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