The European Union to 27 approved on Monday to grant the United Kingdom a new extension that delays Brexit until January 31 to avoid a chaotic break this October, another postponement that provides for the possibility of breaking earlier if London achieves the withdrawal agreement is previously approved by the House of Commons.
“The EU at 27 has agreed that it will accept the request of the United Kingdom for a 'flexion' until January 31, 2020,” announced the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, through social networks.
The agreement has been closed by the member states at the ambassadorial level at a meeting of just 20 minutes in Brussels and will be confirmed by the capitals by written procedure. The EU will first wait for the approval of the United Kingdom before launching this procedure, which will close within 24 hours.
The Twenty-seven already agreed last week on the need to grant a new extension to London, although France still had reservations that it has finally raised, European sources have indicated to Europa Press.
The “flexibility” referred to by Tusk will be reflected on three dates as an exit option, always on condition that the Withdrawal Treaty has been approved by the British Parliament. In this way, the United Kingdom could be a third country already on December 1, 2019, on January 1, 2020 or already on February 1.
The agreement of the Twenty-seven also remind that if by December 1 the United Kingdom remains part of the European Union, the date on which the new European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen is expected to take possession, then the British Government will have to propose a commissioner
It is up to London to appoint its candidate to represent the Member State in the College of Commissioners, although all sources assume that the logical step would be to keep the current commissioner, Julian King.