EU Member States decided to delay Britain’s exit from the block by up to three months with potential off-ramps before 31 January.
“EU27 agreed to accept the UK’s demand for a Brexit flexension by 31 January 2020,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. EU Member States must wait for Britain’s response to Brexit’s 3-month delay proposal before initiating a “legal process” whereby governments will have 24 hours to accept or reject the agreement reached by their envoys in Brussels on Monday.
“The written procedure can only be initiated if we have the agreement of the UK government on the text,” said a senior EU official. Two senior EU diplomats stated that the negotiated written period was 24 hours, effective when London accepted the offer of an extension from 31 October to 31 January to leave the European Union.
“This will allow the decision to be formally adopted tomorrow,” a third diplomat said.