EU Agrees to Brexit Delay

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Posted: Oct 28, 2019 7:30 AM
EU Agrees to Brexit Delay

Source: AP Photo/Rui Vieira

European Union leaders agreed to a Brexit extension on Monday just days before the U.K. was set to leave the E.U.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than let a delay happen, sent EU leaders an unsigned letter earlier this month requesting an extension after lawmakers in Parliament forced him to do so.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, granted the request for a "flextension," which means the UK "could leave before the deadline if a deal was approved by Parliament," according to BBC.

What many lawmakers and E.U. officials fear above all else is that they will reach this deadline without having agreed a deal at all. This "no deal" Brexit scenario could cause chaos for the U.K. and its neighbors, possibly triggering economic pain, food shortages and civil unrest.

But Parliament is deadlocked because it can't agree which E.U. rules to keep and which to scrap. London has become so closely tied to this continental union that unpicking these will be a complex process.

Meanwhile, Johnson wants an early general election that could secure him the parliamentary majority to deliver his Brexit plans — and perhaps more importantly bolster his power as prime minister. (NBC)