#AceNewsReport – July.16: Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor as president of the European Commission after scraping home by nine votes tonight: The German nominee won the vote by 383 to 327, needing the support of 374 MEPs for an absolute majority: There were 22 abstentions and one blank vote in the secret ballot, the speaker of the European Parliament said: Mrs von der Leyen, who has previously spoken of her desire to create a ‘United States of Europe’, will succeed Mr Juncker on November 1 – the day after Britain is currently due to leave the EU: The German defence minister, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been labelled ‘the soloist’ for her go-it-alone style.
Victory: Ursula von der Leyen celebrates after she narrowly won her confirmation vote to become the new President of the European Commission: With allies including France’s President Macron, she emerged as the unexpected choice to lead the Commission after all of the lead candidates at May’s European Parliament elections were rejected by EU heads of government: The 60-year-old will be the first woman in the powerful post:
Speaking tonight, she said: ‘The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and strong Europe, from east to west, from south to north.”It’s a big responsibility and my work starts now. Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe.’……..But in a sign of the difficulties she will face, she received an immediate rebuke from Nigel Farage who said the narrow result meant she had ‘power but no legitimacy’. …………..As she battled to get her candidacy over the line earlier, she was heckled by Mr Farage’s Brexit Party MEPs as she said she was ‘ready’ to delay Britain’s departure even further if necessary.
Elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is congratulated by European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli after the vote
Mrs von der Leyen had said of the 2016 EU referendum result: ‘This is a serious decision. We regret it but we respect it: Since then together with the current government of the UK the EU has worked hard to organise the orderly departure of the UK: ‘The Withdrawal Agreement concluded with the government of the UK provides certainty where Brexit created uncertainty: ‘In preserving the rights of citizens and in preserving peace and stability on the island of Ireland, these two priorities are mine too: ‘However, I stand ready for further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason.’ …………….Mr Farage and the rest of the Brexit Party’s 29 MEPs responded with jeering and howls of derision while other members of the parliament only gave her muted applause.
Boris Johnson, the favourite to be the the UK’s next prime minister, had last night recommitted to his ‘do or die’ pledge to deliver Brexit with or without a deal by October 31 as he also ruled out holding an election before the UK has left the bloc: The former foreign secretary and his rival Jeremy Hunt also said they could not agree to a new deal with the EU which included the Irish border backstop as they said the controversial protocol was ‘dead’ ………….But with Brussels ice cold on the prospect of removing the backstop and Mrs von der Leyen insistent that a delay would only be granted for a ‘good reason’ like an election or second referendum, a disorderly split on October 31 is now a distinct possibility.
German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as European Commission president after MEPs voted 383-327 in favour of her nomination to replace Jean-Claude Juncker— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) July 16, 2019: https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js – via Ace Newsroom Live https://ift.tt/2lgK2pm
#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: July.16: 2019:
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