European Union Envoys Agree On Three-Month Brexit Delay

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Members of the European Union on Monday have agreed to postpone Brexit for up to three months, stepping in with a decision less than 90 hours before Britain was due to crash out with no divorce deal.

The next deadline for departure will be January 31 next year although the other 27 capitals would allow an earlier date if London ratifies a withdrawal agreement before then.

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020,” said Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, which represents member states.

“The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure,” he said, after ambassadors met in Brussels to approve the extension.

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