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FILE – In this Thursday, April 11, 2019 file photo, Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster, center, speaks to journalists after her meeting with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at EU headquarters in Brussels. The Democratic Unionist Party is a small Northern Irish political grouping with an outsized Brexit role. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson most likely needs the 10 votes the party has in Parliament if he is going to have any chance in getting any Brexit deal he negotiates with the European Union over the line. Little wonder then, that the party is being courted intensely by Johnson. As things stand, it’s not clear whether the party will support any deal that emerges.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File) BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
The European Parliament’s chief Brexit official says the EU legislature will take its full time to carefully examine and approve any divorce deal for Britain.
Belgian lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt tells The Associated Press that could well spill past the Oct. 31 date that Britain is now scheduled to leave the bloc on.
He said EU lawmakers will only start their work once the U.K. Parliament has passed a fully binding Brexit deal. If that slips past the European plenary session next week, it could well have to be picked up in the session that begins on Nov. 13.
Any EU-U.K. Brexit withdrawal deal needs the official backing of both the British and European Parliaments.
Verhofstadt said the parliament “will only start […]