EU and UK agree to delay Brexit to 31 October

Date published: 11 April 2019

European Union leaders have granted a six-month Brexit extension for the UK after a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (10 April).

The new deadline of 31 October means the UK must hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.

In a statement, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest.”

MPs have previously rejected Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement twice, and rejected leaving the EU without a deal.

The EU has ruled out any renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.

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