Brexit: EU Agrees to Delay Until Jan. 31

Boris Johnson

An earlier exit is possible if the U.K.'s parliament passes a withdrawal deal.

The European Council president said Monday that the European Union has agreed to grant Britain a new Brexit delay to Jan. 31 next year.

Donald Tusk said on Twitter "the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension (...). The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure."

An earlier exit is possible if the U.K.'s parliament passes a withdrawal deal, which U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been pushing for.

Tusk’s announcement came as European Union diplomats met in Brussels to sign off on the new delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc, which had been due in just three days Oct. 31.

It’s the second time the Brexit deadline has been changed since the 2016 referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU.