European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (not pictured) hold a joint news conference at the end of the European Union leaders summit dominated by Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday that the 27 countries that will remain in the European Union after Britain leaves agreed on Monday to accept London’s request for a Brexit extension until 31 January 2020. “The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020,” Tusk said in a tweet. Tusk also said the decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure, which means EU leaders will not have to meet in person to formalize it.