The United Kingdom will not leave the European Union as scheduled on Thursday after the EU approved a so-called “flextension” to the previous October 31 Brexit deadline. Now, the U.K. has until January 31 to leave the bloc, but could do so at an earlier date if a deal is approved.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised that Brexit would happen on October 31 “do or die,” but a domestic law forced him to request and then accept an extension to that date after he was unable to get his negotiated Brexit deal passed in British Parliament. His spokesperson said Monday that, despite the EU’s decision, Johnson’s view had not changed and he believes the U.K. should leave the EU on October 31. The spokesperson said Johnson would respond to the EU once he had seen their official letter.
The extension, which has been approved in principle, will be formalized in writing by the EU over the coming days.
Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on whether or not to back Johnson’s call for December 12 general election at 5 pm on Monday.