Europe extends Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020

European Union agreed to extend Brexit until 31 January 2020, which means that UK will not leave as planned on Thursday.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said it was a “flextension” – meaning the UK could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament.

It comes as MPs prepare to vote on proposals by Boris Johnson for an early general election on 12 December.

10 Downing street could introduce a bill for a pre-Christman election on Tuesday if Labour voted for the Brexit plan. The prime minister had repeatedly said the UK would leave on 31 October deadline with or without a deal, but the Benn Act — a law requires him to accept the EU’s extension offer.

Johnson is trying to persuade MPs to agree to a new timetable for his Brexit deal legislation and an election on Thursday 12 December.

The SNP and Lib Dems have proposed election date for 9 December because it would not leave enough time for the bill to become law before Parliament is dissolved – which must happen a minimum of 25 working days before an election.

However, the Government is in dilemma if they should make amendments for 9 December because it would allowing MPs to vote on issues like a customs union or another referendum.

If Boris Johnson goes for an election without solving the Brexit issue he could be punished for it at the ballot box.

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