The European Union is open to requests from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend the Brexit deadline in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Brexit talks are continuing despite the fact that the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has tested positive for coronavirus, Von der Leyen said Friday in an interview with Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio station. 

Von der Leyen also called on all EU member states to support companies suffering from the coronavirus crisis.

”Money must be pumped into the economy to build a bridge for the companies” in these difficult times, and ”once the virus is tackled, we need all the companies we are supporting now to help the economy,” she said.

The bloc will do everything to support the economy ‘”without ifs and buts,” said Von der Leyen, adding that the Commission is considering ”relaxing the debt rules.”

“It’s right to be flexible now and generous,” she said.

Source: CNN News

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