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EU lawmaker backs 3-month Brexit extension

Boris Johnson, who took office in July, defied expectations in striking a revised deal last Thursday -- and seemed relieved that MPs voted positively for it to be considered further.

Oct 23, 2019, 11.47 PM IST
Earlier in the day, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Germany will not block a request from Britain to extend the deadline for its exit from the European Union beyond October 31.

LONDON: The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that a three-month flexible extension of the deadline beyond October 31 is the only option.

Guy Verhofstadt, a member of European Parliament, said after a meeting of EU expert legislators that MEPs would need the necessary time to check the details of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached with EU leaders last week.

Verhofstadt tweeted: "A flex tension, not going beyond 31st Jan, is the only way forward."
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