EU Grants January 2020 Brexit Extension
- . Boris Johnson gets 3-month breather
- . EU says UK still free to cancel Brexit
The European Union has agreed to have Britain remain a member of the European Union until 31st January 2020. The country could leave sooner anyway, if the Brexit deal is agreed by parliament.
After a meeting, European Council president Donald Tusk said the EU 27 has agreed to accept the UK's request for a Brexit "flextension" until January 31.
Tusk tweeted the news online and added that "the decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure. The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure."
This information comes as the French minister for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin said she does not know when Brexit will happen, but insisted Britain can still reverse its decision to leave the EU by revoking Article 50 and cancel Brexit.
Surprisingly enough, she said prime minister Boris Johnson "can pick up his phone and call Brussels to say: 'I stop everything"'.
Best for Britain's Naomi Smith said on Friday: "What’s crucial to remember is that Boris has failed to meet his ‘do or die’ pledge to leave on October 31. It’s clear that he can’t solve this issue within Parliament."
Now she's thanking the EU for showing 'extraordinary patience' and appreciating U.K's urgent request for an extension. "But we also ask them not to help the prime minister rush through the terrible deal he has brought back."
Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake MP said it was "welcome news" in the fight against a no-deal Brexit.
He said: "Boris Johnson's 'do-or-die' 31st October Brexit deadline has failed. We are still in the EU. The fight is far from over.
"Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to Stop Brexit. We passionately believe that there is no deal that is as good as the one we have now: in the EU."
By Jude Chukwuemeka