PUBLISHED: 09:10, Tue, Jul 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:13, Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Brexit Party MEPs could be heard groaning and venting their frustration from their seats in the European Parliament chamber during Ms von Der Leyen's statement. The German Defence Minister pledged to consider a new Brexit delay in a last-ditch attempt to secure the backing of the chamber ahead of a vote to confirm her as the next President of the European Commission on Tuesday. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg, Ursula von Der Leyen said: "In 2016 a member state decided to leave the European Union. This is a serious decision – we regret it but we respect it.
"Since then, with the current government of the United Kingdom, the European Union has worked hard to organise the orderly departure of the UK. The withdrawal agreement concluded with the government with the United Kingdom 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 a further extension of the withdrawal date should more time be required for a good reason."
Brexit Party MEPs could be heard cheering when the Commission hopeful had mentioned the results of the 2016 referendum. But, they quickly turned to groans when Ms von Der Leyen mentioned a delay.
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Brexit news: von Der Leyen said she would be willing to grant a new extension (Image: EPTV)
Brexit news: Brexit MEP groaned as von Der Leyen made her pledge (Image: EPTV)
The speech Ms von Der Leyen delivered in Strasbourg did not meet the approval of several MEPs, with Brexit Party politicians taking to Twitter to share their live reaction to her political pledge.
Tweeting after her statement in support of a new extension, MEP Martin Daubney tweeted: "Von der Leyen: 'Here I must turn to Brexit. I sincerely regret the UK decided to Leave the European Union'. Cue shouts of 'we don’t! No regrets!' from @brexitparty_uk MEPs. Time to #ChangePoliticsForGood. Finger is twitching over my red button.