The EU has voted to postpone Britain’s separation for another three months, until January 31, 2020.
European Council president Donald Tusk made the announcement on Twitter just 90 hours before Britain was due quit the EU. Britain could leave the EU earlier if its fractious parliament can pass Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s divorce bill ahead of the new deadline. Mr Johnson urged the 27 other EU countries "to make clear that a further extension after 31 January is not possible." The delay is the third time the Brexit deadline has been changed since British voters decided in a 2016 referendum to leave the bloc.“It was a very short and efficient and constructive meeting and I am happy the decision has been taken,” the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters. A formally decision must also be adopted in London.
London must nominate a senior official to serve on the next European Commission and must agree that the withdrawal agreement it struck last month will not now be renegotiated. The new approved delay for BREXIT paved the way for a British general election. Success at an election could enable Mr Johnson to push through the divorce deal he struck with the EU and take Britain out of the bloc.