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    EU Approves Brexit Extension Until 31 January 2020 - Donald Tusk

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    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested that Brussels prolong the deadline after being pressured by the Parliament. The lawmakers, however, have approved his divorce bill in general, opening the possibility to strike a proper agreement and end the Brexit drama after over three years of heated debate.

    The European Union has set a new date for Britain to leave the bloc - 31 January 2020, EU Council President Donald Tusk announced Monday.

    However, London could deliver Brexit before February if the Parliament ratifies the deal - in this case, the UK will withdraw from the EU on the first day of the month after ratification.

    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 British government had previously urged the House of Commons to a hold general election in December, but the opposition insisted that Brussels needs to grant Britain another three months to prepare for the pull-out, refusing to support a new vote in the country otherwise.

    The MPs voted for Johnson's deal last week, but now the agreement is on pause, as the legislators have to examine it and offer new changes to the British law in order to ensure that Brexit won't affect the UK or the EU in a negative way. Commenting on his plan, the prime minister also stressed that the UK was committed to "the highest possible standards" on environmental and trade issues.

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