BREXIT: EU asks Johnson to nominate female British commissioner: spokeswoman

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The EU Commission’s incoming president Ursula von der Leyen has written a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, telling the Prime Minister she expects him to propose a new candidate for European Commissioner.

The letter, sent by Ursula von der Leyen today, suggests Johnson put forward a female name. Commission spokeswoman Dana Spinant told reporters today in Brussels: “The president-elect has sent a letter to Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, in which she invites Mr Johnson to propose the name of a UK candidate, or candidates. 

This is also what she had put in the letter she sent to Theresa May in July. 

“She also encourages the UK Prime Minister to propose female candidates, given Mrs von der Leyen’s objective to have gender parity in her Commission,” Spinant said.

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