16 Jul 2019

New European chief open to another Brexit delay

In the last hour, the EU’s top job of President of the European Commission has been given to Ursula von der Leyen.

As part of her pitch to MEPs earlier, the German Defence Minister said she was open to another Brexit delay.

But the EU is further bracing itself for no deal, after Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both ruled out accepting the Irish backstop in Theresa May’s Brexit deal, even if there was a time limit.