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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.

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Oct 23, 2019, 11.47 PM IST
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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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