The EU has granted the UK a Brexit ‘flextension’ until 31 January 2020.
In a tweet on Monday morning, EU Council President Donald Tusk said;
“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a #Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.”
The flextension means that the UK could leave before January 31, if a deal manages to get through Parliament before then.
The decision, announced on Monday morning, came before MPs vote on whether to trigger an early general election. It is thought that opposition parties may now be more likely to back a general election, with the risk of a no-deal exit on October 31 being taken away.
The extension request came after MPs created legislation forcing the Prime Minister to request one if a deal had not got through Parliament, thus to avoid a no-deal exit. Mr Johnson had repeatedly said that he wouldn’t ask for an extension, saying when he entered office that “there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay – we’re leaving on 31 October no ifs, no buts”
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