EU agree UK request for Brexit extension to 31 January

EU agree UK request for Brexit extension to 31 January

EU leaders have agreed to extend Brexit with a flexible deadline to leave, in order to allow the UK to prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December.

This comes after PM Boris Johnson was unable to get a deal through Parliament by the original promised deadline of 31 October 2019.

The PM had assured the British public that Brexit would happen with or without a deal, but the law known as the Benn Act requires him to accept the extension offer from the EU.

President of the European council Donald Tusk has tweeted: ‘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 term flexitension means that the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.

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