European Union Leaders Agree to Extend Brexit Deadline Until January 31

By Jesse Sokolow on 28 October 2019
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IMG_7109 2 (1)The European Union on Monday agreed to give Britain an additional three-month extension, although the deadline of January 31, 2020 will be flexible in order to allow for an earlier exit from the bloc if both the European Union and the United Kingdom ratify the withdrawal deal negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month.

The move was announced by European Council President Donald Tusk.  Britain was due to leave the European Union in just three days, on October 31.

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a #Brexit extension until 31 January 2020,” Tusk said in a tweet.  “The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.”

With the latest extension, Britain’s departure from the bloc has been postponed three times. The original departure date, which the United Kingdom voted on in 2016, was March 29, 2019.  Economists and government officials believe that a departure from the bloc without a deal in place would cause significant economic disruption and possible social unrest. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected for a third time in March of this year and she later resigned after being unable to resolve the issue.

Prime Minister Johnson strongly opposed any deal but was forced by Parliament through the Benn Act to seek the extension after it passed a law that essentially ruled out the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit.

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