Brussels, Oct 28 : The European Union on Monday agreed to extend Brexit until January 31, 2020, according to a tweet from European Council President Donald Tusk. The news comes as UK MPs prepare to vote on proposals by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an early general election on December 12.
Tusk said the bloc would allow for a so-called “flextension” – meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.
Ahead of the vote on his attempt to secure an early election later, Boris Johnson has made a written statement to the House of Commons.
He confirms that if his plan succeeds, Parliament would dissolve after November 6 for the election campaign.The new Parliament would meet before Christmas, giving it some extra time to deal with Brexit before the new year — and the new January 31 deadline.
Johnson statement: “In the event this House approves the motion for an early election, I will recommend that Her Majesty the Queen appoints 12 December as the date of the general election. This would mean Parliament dissolving just after midnight on 6 November.
“In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, the date of Parliament’s return will be set by Royal Proclamation following Dissolution, and I will recommend to The Queen that the first meeting of the new Parliament takes place before 23 December.”