European Union agrees to delay Brexit until January 31

EU27 ambassadors agreed on Monday (28 October) to extend the Brexit negotiations for a further three months until 31 January although the United Kingdom will be able to leave as soon as the ratification of the withdrawal agreement is completed.

MPs have just thrown out Boris Johnson's latest attempt to force a General Election on 12 December.

The vote for a snap election, under the Fixed-terms Parliament Act, required a two-thirds majority of all 650 MPs to pass - a high bar that was always unlikely after the Labour Party decided not to support it.

Boris Johnson has suffered another hard day in Parliament with his bid for an early general election failing for the third time.

"We can not continue with this endless delay", he added.

"We will not allow this paralysis to continue, and one way or another we must proceed straight to an election", Johnson said. The survey also found 58 percent of those polled believe that the years-long Brexit drama will "discourage" other countries from leaving the European Union; compared with 41 percent who said the opposite.

The new study of 2,000 British parents and their children aged 6-14 shows over half (54%) of British families are drawing direct inspiration from Brexit for their Halloween plans this year with 28% dressing up as famous British politicians, and 20% using Brexit themed decorations.

With British politics still paralysed over carrying out Brexit three-and-a-half years after a 52 percent - 48 percent referendum vote in favour of Leave, Johnson is demanding parliament approve an election on December 12 in return for more time to adopt his deal.

It's not clear how the standoff will end.

A total of 299 MPs voted in favor of the election; 70 voted against it, and large numbers of MPs abstained, meaning it failed to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.

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After losing Monday's vote, the premier announced he would introduce a bill on Tuesday to legislate for an election, which would enshrine a date in law.

That bill would require only the backing of a majority of MPs to be adopted.

Now Johnson plans to push for a general election in early December.

One Labour MP, Brexit-supporting Kate Hoey, backed the government, along with numerous former Conservatives expelled from the party in September. Johnson, who seems on the way to miss out on his "do or die" Brexit pledge by Thursday, had offered MPs the choice last week to have more time to debate the withdrawal agreement struck with the European Union in return for backing his bid for a snap poll.

Johnson grudgingly asked for the delay on the orders of Parliament.

"The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020", the president of the European Council representing member states, Donald Tusk, tweeted.

But EU member states will need Britain to formally respond to its offer of a 3-month delay to Brexit before launching a "written procedure" whereby governments will have 24 hours to accept or reject the delay.

Montchalin said "the prime minister can pick up his phone and call Brussels to say: "I stop everything".

"Today, reality collided with his fantasy Brexit and he was forced to accept an extension to the process", she said. The advertisements have now been put on hold. But they said the delay was only a stopgap.

  • Sonia Alvarado