Oct 28, 2019 - World

EU agrees to Brexit extension until January 31

Protest banners by the Brexit Party.
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European Council President Donald Tusk said Monday that the European Union has accepted the U.K.'s request for a Brexit extension until Jan. 31, 2020.

The state of play: Tusk made the announcement on the same day that members of Parliament are set to vote on whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call to have a snap general election on Dec. 12, per the BBC.

The big picture: The U.K. had been set to leave the EU on Oct. 31, but Johnson was required by a law passed by opposition lawmakers — and some rebels whom he later booted from his own Conservative Party — to request an extension after Parliament failed to pass his Brexit deal.

  • Johnson last week said he would grant members of Parliament an extended timetable to debate his deal in exchange for a general election on Dec. 12, but it seems unlikely that opposition members, especially Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, will back that proposal.

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