Brexit delayed by three more months as EU grants extension

Donald Tusk has confirmed the UK will get an extension until January 31st.

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The EU will grant Britain a Brexit 'flextension' to January 31 next year, Donald Tusk confirmed this morning.

Boris Johnson's hopes of leaving the EU by October 31st are in tatters, now that the European Council President has confirmed the UK would get another three months to break its deadlock by either passing a deal or holding a general election.

The news comes after French President Macron appeared to drop his opposition to another delay and amidst a new SNP and Lib Dem plot to back a December General Election.

Labour will now be under pressure to back a December 12th election when it gets put to a vote in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Mr Corbyn said previously that a No Deal Brexit must be ruled out for him to back one and if the EU gives the country more time in the form of an extension.

In a tweet, Mr Tusk said: "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."

It's reported that draft documents could have December 1 and January 1 as potential Brexit days if Boris Johnson's deal is passed by the Commons before the extension deadline.

Sajid Javid: 'This is a zombie parliament'

The Prime Minister said he’s willing to give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal in exchange for a general election on 12 December.

On Monday, the government will table a motion in the House of Commons which will need support from two-thirds of all MPs to pass.

But the question is - will it pass?

Labour's votes will be needed if Boris Johnson is to get the two-thirds majority in the Commons - but they have yet to say what they will do.

Chancellor Sajid Javid spoke to Good Morning Britain and said Brexit has reduced Westminster to a “zombie parliament” and it is up to Labour to end the deadlock by agreeing to go back to the country.

Watch the full interview above.

Boris Johnson to push for general election on 12 December

Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back a general election for 12 December, in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock.

The government will table a motion in the House of Commons on Monday, where MPs will vote on the possibility of an early general election.

Mr Johnson said: "Well what we've decided is that we have got a way forward for this country and the EU.

"We've got a great deal on Brexit, and for the first time in three-and-a-half years, parliament voted to endorse a way out of the EU."

He added: "Unfortunately, they voted to delay the final approval of that deal which they've endorsed... if this parliament is anything to go by, that delay could go on for a very long time."

Boris Johnson plans to pass Brexit Bill in three days is rejected by MPs

Boris Johnson will put his Brexit Withdrawal bill on pause.

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The Prime Minister said he will 'pause' legislation until the EU decides whether they will grant an extension.

Boris Johnson's 'do or die' vow to leave the EU by October 31st hangs in the balance after MPs voted to reject a proposal that would see his Brexit Bill passed through the commons in three days.

The government lost 322 to 308 in a crucial vote which could have seen the bill pass all stages of the Commons by Thursday and on its way to becoming law.

The Prime Minister's latest setback comes after The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill 329 votes to 299, the first time any agreement has been backed in a vote by MPs.

Earlier, the PM warned he would seek an election if MPs dismissed the plan and the EU granted an extension to the October 31st Brexit deadline.

After the vote, he told the Commons he would "pause" the legislation until the EU had "stated their intentions".

A spokesman from the European Commission said: "[The Commission] takes note of tonight's result and expects the UK government to inform us about the next steps."

Following the results, Mr Johnson told MPs he was "disappointed" they had "voted for delay", and said the UK "now faced further uncertainty".

Despite the setbacks, Boris insisted that Brexit would go ahead at the end of the month, adding: "One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent."

MPs delay Boris Johnson's Brexit deal vote as Letwin amendment passes

Boris Johnson's new deal hangs in the balance as MPs backed a delay.

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The Prime Minister faced further setbacks on getting his new Brexit deal through Parliament today, after MPs voted to delay giving their approval in a bid to prevent no deal.

A planned vote on whether MPs would back Johnson’s plan was abandoned after an amendment delaying approval until all the Brexit legislation is passed, was backed by MPs.

Johnson now has, under the law, until 11pm today to ask the EU for a delay .

During the Saturday sitting, the first since the Falklands War, MPS voted 322 votes to 306 in favour of Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment.

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What next for Boris Johnson's Brexit Withdrawal Bill?

Confused about the latest Brexit news? Good Morning Britain's political correspondent, Ranvir Singh breaks down the latest updates on Britain's departure from the EU.

Now that Boris Johnson's government has published its Withdrawal Agreement Bill, what happens next?

Ranvir Singh predicts what could play out on Tuesday night as MPs debate the bill for the first time in the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister is attempting to push through his withdrawal agreement in just three days, in a bid to deliver Brexit by the October 31st Halloween deadline.

EU Commission President rules out Brexit extension

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told reporters at the EU Summit in Brussels that there's no need to grant the UK an extension to the Brexit deadline of 31 October now "there's a deal on the table".

Earlier today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new Brexit deal had been agreed with EU negotiating teams.

He tweeted: 'We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment'.

Boris Johnson announces 'great new' Brexit deal has been agreed

Mr Johnson took to Twitter to say a deal has been agreed but it will need the backing of UK and EU parliaments

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Boris Johnson took to Twitter today to reveal a new Brexit deal ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels today.

The first breakthrough in Brexit negotiations appears to have been reached, as the Prime Minister revealed a deal between the UK and EU negotiating teams has been agreed ahead of his meeting with European leaders in Brussels.

The two sides have been working on the legal wording of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control."

The former London Mayor also urged UK parliament to back the deal on Saturday, where MPs will vote on the new deal.

He said: "Now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on with other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment."

Read more: Boris Johnson's Brexit deal hangs in the balance

Despite the apparent breakthrough, the DUP have still cast doubt over the negotiations, claiming they cannot back a deal "as things stand".

The Northern Irish party earlier released a statement saying they could not support proposals "as things stand" and, after the PM's announcement, said their statement "still stands".

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