European Council president Donald Tusk with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: AFP

The EU has agreed a three-month Brexit ‘flextension’ till January 31st 2020, which provides the UK the choice of leaving earlier than then if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified.

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk introduced the settlement on Twitter on Monday morning.

He referred to as the extension a “flextension” – a versatile extension – that means that if MPs in London approve the Brexit deal, then the UK might depart the EU before January 31st.

If the UK parliament does ratify Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement then it’s believed the UK would go away the EU on the primary day of the next month, so December 1st or January 1st.


The EU27 has agreed that it’s going to settle for the UK’s request for a #Brexit flextension till 31 January 2020. The resolution is anticipated to be formalised via a written process.

— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) October 28, 2019

The announcement of the extension had been anticipated on Friday however was delayed after the French objected to an extended extension until there was a assure of a normal election.

But on Monday morning, in an indication the French had agreed to drop their demand for a shorter extension, a diplomatic supply hinted {that a} three-month delay was “very probable”.

The indication by a French supply mentioned {that a} potential three-month extension is vastly important provided that Paris was all the time seen as the key EU participant most cautious of one other delay.

French president Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly expressed impatience over the repeated postponements of Brexit, saying they’re getting in the best way of his imaginative and prescient of reforming the European Union. 

“The conditions of the extension have been specified and reinforced, notably on the fact that the deal (reached between Britain and the EU) is not renegotiable,” added the French supply.

“France insisted on the necessary conditions to preserve the unity of the 27 (remaining members of the EU).”

British lawmakers are due to vote Monday afternoon on Johnson’s name for an early election to be held on December 12th.

The French supply mentioned that the possibility of elections in Britain – which might end in a reconfigured parliament and assist Johnson push via the deal – had “clearly strengthened over the weekend.”

The Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats, who oppose Brexit, mentioned over the weekend they may again the snap elections below sure circumstances.

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