Brexit 2020: EU agrees Brexit extension to 31 January

Donald Tusk announced the extension after a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels.
Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

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Donald Tusk announced the EU had agreed to a ‘flextension’ to delay Brexit until January 31st 2020.

The EU27 have just ‘okayed’ to a Brexit extension to 31 January 2020, with the option for the UK to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, clearing the way for opposition parties to back a general election.

After a 30-minute meeting of European ambassadors, Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, said the EU27 had agreed to the request made by Boris Johnson just over a week ago.

He tweeted: “The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a new flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.”

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