The European Council president says the bloc has agreed to grant Britain a new Brexit delay to Jan. 31 next year.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to staff in the children’s ward as he visits Milton Keynes University Hospital in Milton Keynes, England, Friday Oct. 25, 2019. European Union ambassadors agreed Friday that the bloc should grant Britain’s request for another extension to the Brexit deadline but have not yet figured out how long that delay should be. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP/MANILA BULLETIN)
Donald Tusk said on Twitter “the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension (…). The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure.”
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 Oct. 31.
It’s the second time the Brexit deadline has been changed since the 2016 referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU.