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11 April 2019

Brexit delayed until 31 October

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six month extension to Brexit.

The new Halloween deadline will help to avoid the possibility of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on the 12 April, as MPs have not agreed a way forward.

Theresa May said the UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible and added on Twitter:

"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 already dismissed the withdrawal agreement that Mrs May made with the other EU leaders in 2018 and have also voted against leaving the EU without a deal. The European Council has emphasised, however, that there will be no further negotiations on the withdrawal agreement.

The conditions of the extension are that:

  • A Brexit extension will be for "only as long as necessary" and "no longer than 31 October" to allow for the approval of the withdrawal agreement
  • The UK "must hold the elections to the European Parliament." If this does not happen, the UK will leave on 1 June 2019.

Victoria Holland, corporate and commercial partner who leads B P Collins’ Brexit team says:

“Although we have a new Brexit deadline, we are still no clearer on what our new relationship with the EU will look like or what happens if no agreement is reached by 31 October. Businesses understandably remain frustrated at the continued uncertainty brought about by Parliament’s failure to reach a consensus on Brexit. 

"The B P Collins team is here to answer any legal questions on how you should be conducting and preparing your business ahead of the 31 October deadline.”  

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