EU Agrees to Extend Brexit Deadline to Jan. 31

Date: October 29, 2019

The European Union (EU) has approved the U.K.’s request to delay Brexit for a third time since the nation’s vote in June 2016 to leave the union. Brexit will be delayed to Jan. 31, 2020, giving the U.K. time to hold an election before the end of the year.

The delay comes after failure by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to pass his Brexit deal in Parliament and successfully pull out of the EU by Oct. 31. Lawmakers rejected the prime minister’s timetable, criticizing the little time available to conduct an in-depth review of the agreement.

European Council President Donald Tusk took to Twitter, clarifying that the EU has to still sign off the Brexit extension agreement by Wednesday using a special written procedure to avoid holding a summit.

“Under the draft extension text, the EU said that it won’t engage in further negotiations on the agreement reached earlier this month with Mr. Johnson,” wrote the Wall Street Journal.

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