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Belgium: EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October

4 286 11.04.2019 Инфо

M/S President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker enter press conference, Brussels
W/S Juncker and Tusk walk to podiums
SOT, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council: "Tonight, the European Council decided to grant the United Kingdom a flexible extension of the Article 50 period until 31 October. This means an additional six months for the UK. During this time, the course of action will be entirely in the UK's hands. It can still ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, in which case the extension will be terminated. It can also reconsider the whole Brexit strategy, that might lead to changes in the political declaration but not in the Withdrawal Agreement. Until the end of this period, the UK will also have the possibility to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit altogether. The UK will continue its sincere co-operation as a full member state with all its rights and as a close friend and trusted ally in the future. Let me finish with a message to our British friends. This extension is as flexible as I expected and a little bit shorter than I expected, but it's still enough to find the best possible solution. Please, do not waste this time."
W/S Juncker and Tusk at podiums
SOT, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (French): "We had had a meeting, a bit difficult, but it has been driven by our desire to find an agreement, between the 27 states and UK, I would like to say that the European commission is happy with the obtained result because we agreed that the 27 members could meet without our British friends to prepare shortly for the future. I've been told not to vote in order to introduce a different status between the different members of the European Union, there is no difference between a country that leaves and a country that wants to stay."
W/S Juncker and Tusk end press conference
W/S Press briefing room
The UK and the EU agreed a 'flexible extension' of Brexit until 31 October, European Council President Donald Tusk announced on Thursday.
The agreement was reached after five hours of talks at an emergency summit in Brussels.
Tusk said "the course of action will be entirely in the UK's hands", meaning it could still ratify the withdrawal agreement, rethink its strategy or revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit.
The EU was split over the length of the delay and by law they had to reach a unanimous decision.