April 24, 2020 / 9:23 AM / 3 months ago

German minister: Coronavirus crisis won't make Brexit easier

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at a panel during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 14, 2020. REUTERS/ Andreas Gebert

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the coronavirus crisis would not make Brexit negotiations easier, adding that Berlin would use its EU presidency in the second half of the year to ensure there is a “good result” for both the EU and Britain.

“Whether I think the extension of Brexit negotiations and the deadlines there are until the end of the year is good or not is irrelevant - the British government rejects that and made that clear again last week. It certainly won’t be easier given the coronavirus crisis,” he told a news conference on Friday.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Paul Carrel

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