Boris Johnson agrees to Brexit ‘flextension’ until January 31


Boris Johnson has accepted a Brexit extension until January 31 and urged EU leaders not to grant any additional delays as he pushes for a basic election earlier than the top of the 12 months.

National ambassadors from the 27 different EU member states accredited a “flextension” on Monday that would final so long as the top of January however which supplies the UK the likelihood to depart the bloc sooner if its withdrawal settlement has been ratified. 

In a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the EU council, the British prime minister known as the extension an “unwanted prolongation” and mentioned he would have “much preferred it if the UK parliament could have proceeded rapidly to ratify the deal reached between us”.

Mr Johnson added that the prospect of one other delay was “corroding public trust in politics” and mentioned his push in the direction of an election was essential to keep away from additional delays.

“I would also urge EU member states to make clear that a further extension after 31 January is not possible,” he wrote. “This is plenty of time to ratify our deal. It will avoid this parliament simply extending our membership again and again.”

I might . . . urge EU member states to clarify additional extension after 31 January is just not doable

The letter got here as Mr Johnson ready to ask MPs to vote on Monday for a basic election on December 12 — one thing that the federal government is anticipated to fail to safe as a result of he wants two-thirds of MPs to again him and the opposition Labour celebration has indicated the celebration won’t help his proposal.

However, Downing Street insiders mentioned if Mr Johnson loses the vote, the federal government would convey ahead laws to attempt to safe a pre-Christmas election. It is anticipated to mirror a proposed invoice from the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National celebration that factors to an election on December 9.

Mr Johnson’s plan B has a greater probability of success — as a result of he wants solely a easy majority of MPs to again election laws.

The EU27 choice means the bloc has granted a request for a Brexit delay made by the UK authorities earlier this month after Mr Johnson was pressured by MPs to go down this route.

The transfer sounds the loss of life knell for Mr Johnson’s “do or die” bid to take Britain out of the EU on October 31. 

The EU27 settlement on the Brexit extension was reached after a flurry of diplomatic exercise over the weekend to win over France.

French president Emmanuel Macron pushed again final week towards makes an attempt by European Council president Donald Tusk to rally nations behind a Brexit delay to January 31.

Paris argued that Britain had to clarify clearly what it will do with a Brexit extension, and warned that stress had to be stored up on the Commons to ratify Mr Johnson’s draft Brexit treaty. 

“It’s true that France had a fairly tough position,” mentioned one EU official. “But there is now the [prospect] of quick British elections, which changes the picture.” 

The textual content agreed by the EU27 leaves open the likelihood for Britain to depart on December 1 or on New Year’s Day if its withdrawal treaty has been ratified in time. 

Mr Tusk mentioned in a tweet on Monday that the Brexit extension choice will now “be formalised through a written procedure”, avoiding the necessity for an EU leaders’ summit. 

Brussels’ understanding is that the phrases of the so-called Benn act oblige Mr Johnson to settle for the extension that has been granted by the EU, provided that it runs to the January 31 date sought by the British parliament.

The act says that, had been reminiscent of extension to be supplied by the EU, Mr Johnson “must immediately” notify Mr Tusk that the UK agrees to it. Once that’s executed, the EU expects to full its personal written sign-off inside 24 hours. One EU official mentioned it ought to all be executed by Tuesday or Wednesday.

As a part of the Brexit delay choice, EU leaders will underline that, after greater than two years of talks, the negotiations on the phrases of the UK’s departure are definitively over. 

In a transparent message to the Labour celebration that’s excited by amending Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, an EU27 declaration “firmly” excludes any reopening of talks sooner or later. It additionally guidelines out negotiations on the long run EU-UK relationship until the Brexit deal is ratified.

In April EU leaders had been equally categorical that negotiations on the withdrawal settlement finalised by Theresa May had been over, after they granted Britain a Brexit extension to October 31.

Despite insisting on the time “that there can be no opening” of the draft Brexit treaty, they went on to agree to the transfer with Mr Johnson.

But the EU has crafted more durable language towards reopening the revised withdrawal settlement within the new textual content.

Another part underlines Britain’s obligation to nominate a member of the subsequent European Commission to serve until Brexit occurs: one thing Mr Johnson has thus far refused to do.



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