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German government leaves open stance on Brexit delay

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. [AFP Photo]

"It would be up to Britain to request any , "and if it happened again, the EU would address it," -- Merkel's spokesman -- said in a statement as replied to the question of whether it would support another delay to Britain's departure from the .

The German government is leaving open the question of whether it would support another to Britain's departure from the European Union.

It is standing by Chancellor Angela Merkel's previous comments that the two sides can still work toward a deal by the Oct. 31 deadline "if the will is there is both sides."

Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, refused to comment directly on the latest goings-on in Britain's Parliament, where opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson are trying to prevent a no-deal at the end of next month. Seibert said it would be up to Britain to request any delay, "and if it happened again, the EU would address it."

Johnson hasn't yet been to Brussels as prime minister but did visit Berlin and Paris last month.

Seibert said Merkel's comments about the possibility of a deal stand, "but it is also clear that this is about Britain putting concrete and realistic proposals on the table in Brussels."

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