Brussels has agreed to postpone the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) until January 31, 2020. The head of the European Council Donald Tusk wrote about it on his Twitter page.
He said the 27 EU member states had agreed to accept London’s request for a postponement. The decision will soon be made formally, he added. Prior to that, the UK’s exit from the EU was 31 October.
BBC News notes that the British Parliament is currently preparing to vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposal for an early general election on 12 December.
Earlier, the parliament approved a deal on Brexit with Brussels, and then refused to consider the timetable for the exit as a matter of urgency, thereby reducing its probability in the near future. Before that, MPs voted to request a new postponement from the European Union. At the same time, Johnson stated that he was not going to postpone leaving the EU.
Britain was originally due to leave the EU on March 29, but Parliament repeatedly rejected then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer of an exit deal. London received a reprieve from Brussels until April 12 and then until October 31. The parties had to develop a mutually acceptable treaty that would smooth the consequences of Brexit