Brexit extended even further to 2020
28 Oct 2019
The EU has agreed to the UK request for a Brexit extension to 31 January
28 Oct 2019
EU leaders have agreed to extend Brexit with a flexible deadline to leave, in order to allow the UK to prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December.
This comes after PM Boris Johnson was unable to get a deal through Parliament by the original promised deadline of 31 October 2019.
The PM had assured the British public that Brexit would happen with or without a deal, but the law known as the Benn Act requires him to accept the extension offer from the EU.
President of the European council Donald Tusk has tweeted: ‘The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a #Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.’
The term flexitension means that the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.
The EU council has confirmed: 'The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.'
Following the EU extension to Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in a letter to the EU: ‘I must make clear my view that this unwanted prolongation of the UK’s membership of the EU is damaging to our democracy and to the relationship between us and our European friends.’
This would also mean that Finance Bill 2019-20 would not be passed in the current parliament. This contains significant legislation announced at Budget 2018 including the off payroll working rules for private sector companies.
This also means that the Budget will not be announced until after a general election.
Javid said: ‘The Budget is not going ahead because we are planning now to dissolve parliament on the 6th, so clearly you can't have a Budget on the same day.’