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Ursula von der Leyen would back last minute revocation of Article 50

Ursula von der Leyen would back last minute revocation of Article 50

"We are yet to be persuaded by the green credentials of von der Leyen, and by her commitment to a sustainable Europe".

The defense minister and compromise candidate faces an uphill battle, as several members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voiced disapproval when EU leaders chose to ditch the "lead candidate" nomination process - in only the second instance of trying to use it - when European leaders couldn't agree on any of the candidates put forward by the party groups.

"The president of the European Commission needs to be the guardian of the rule of law and European values".

The 60-year-old needs more than half of the votes in the 751-member parliament to be confirmed in the post next week.

"None of us is flawless and we need to know that and we need to have transparency about that".

As part of her pitch on Tuesday, Mrs von der Leyen tackled the thorny issue, calling on British lawmakers to take responsibility for sorting out the UK's departure.

The latter comment was made in reference to the controversial Irish backstop, which to date the Europeans say they will not renegotiate, but which the United Kingdom fears could either lock it in regulatory alignment with the EU permanently - preventing the United Kingdom making future independent trade deals - or threaten the union if Northern Ireland remains in the Customs Union whilst Great Britain diverges after the implementation period.

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Von der Leyen is now holding discussions with all political families to convince the Parliament to back her appointment. "We must define and enforce our interests in terms of China together as Europeans", she said.

German Defense Minister and candidate for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement next to new elected President of the European Parliament David Sassoli after their meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

"The EU is based on principles", the German conservative politician told a meeting with liberal lawmakers Renew Europe in her first public policy comments since the bloc's national leaders nominated her last week to head the European Commission.

The European Parliament is due to vote on her candidacy next week. "This is the foundation - respect for the rule of law", she told a group of liberal deputies, adding that it was also vital to boost the competitiveness of the EU's economy. "And that's why we often overlook how consistently it pursues its goals and how cleverly". She added she wholeheartedly supported the European Union going carbon neutral by 2050.

"We all know that we want you to remain, but I know how facts are".

The largest, centre-right group, the European People's Party, supports her with its 182 MEPs.