Asked about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson being pressured by his parliament to ask for another extension to Brexit – a third, to run until the end of January 2020 – von der Leyen said that is entirely up to London.
"The next steps are completely in the hands and the decision of the United Kingdom. So I will not comment on their decisions and the next steps they might take," she said. "So we'll see how things will proceed."
The incoming head of the EU executive also named her 27-strong team on Tuesday, promising it would focus on addressing changes in climate, technology and demography that are generating anxiety in communities across the 28-member bloc.
She will become the first woman to head the European Commission after promising a platform of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe.
(With input from Reuters, AFP)
(Cover: European Commission's president-designate Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 10, 2019. /Reuters Photo)