EU approves Brexit delay to 31st January

A EU supporter waves flags while other demonstrators march as parliament sits on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, to discuss Brexit in London, Britain, October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

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European Council President Donald Tusk has tweeted that the 27 European member states have approved an extension of the Brexit deadline until January 31st 2020.

The Brexit ‘flextension’ as it is known, will be ‘formalised through a written procedure,’ Tusk adds.

The news comes as the EU council had originally been expected to decide on a further delay on Friday.

This will be the third extension the United Kingdom has received on its withdrawal from the European Union.

Meanwhile, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to table a vote in the House of Commons today asking for MPs to support a snap election to be held on December 12th.

Last week, Mr Johnson had offered that MPs would have more time to debate his deal if they backed his plan for a snap election in December.

The Opposition Labour Party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that he would not be supporting this move unless the prospect of a No-Deal Brexit is ruled out. On the EU’s extension, he said that such a move for a three-month extension from the EU was not enough to ensure the prevention of a No-Deal Brexit.

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The snap election could be good for the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party who look to cancel Brexit.

Both had initially favoured an election to be held on the 9th December, if they back the Prime Minister’s bill.

They see it as a tactical move with more Pro-EU Liberal and SNP aligned students still at university, able to vote in the elections.

The government has responded negatively to the move saying that it was a ‘gimmick’.

The Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan told Sky News that ‘They have obviously made it clear that they have no intention of wanting Brexit to be done, no intention of wanting the Withdrawal Bill.’