EU grants Brexit extension until Jan 31

EU grants Brexit extension until Jan 31

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London, Oct 28 : European Union (EU) has agreed to grant United Kingdom's request for a Brexit extension until January 31 instead of the deadline of October 31, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday.

"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," Tusk tweeted.

Tusk's announcement came as European Union diplomats met in Brussels to sign off on the new delay to Britain's departure from the bloc, which had been due in just three days on Thursday.

It means that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 'do or die' pledge to get the UK out of the EU by October 31 is in tatters.

However, the extension will have flexibility built into it.

That will mean that if Boris Johnson is able to get his Brexit deal agreed by parliament and then ratified by the European Parliament the extension will be terminated early.

If the PM Johnson is able to get his Withdrawal Agreement finalised in November UK is likely to leave the EU on December 1.

If the Brexit deal is finalised in December then UK is likely leave on January 1 and if it is not sorted until January then the UK will leave the day after the current extension on February 1.

EU is also expected to insist as part of the extension package that UK appoint a new European Commissioner for the duration of the extension.

UK was due to leave EU on Thursday, but Mr Johnson was required to request an extension after Parliament failed to agree a Brexit deal.

It is the second time the Brexit deadline has been changed since the 2016 referendum on Britain's departure from the EU.

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, also said the extension was "positive", and "gives time to UK to make clear what it wants". (UNI)