The EU has agreed to an extension of the UK’s membership until January 31st.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, tweets:

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a #Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure.”

The BBC reports:

“The draft text of an agreement for the 27 EU ambassadors – seen by the BBC – also includes a commitment that the Withdrawal Agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU cannot be renegotiated in future.

The UK was due to leave the EU on Thursday, but Mr Johnson was required to request an extension from the bloc after Parliament failed to agree a Brexit deal.

The PM had repeatedly said the UK would leave on 31 October deadline “do or die”, but the law – known as the Benn act – also requires him to accept the offer.

The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said the decision saw a no-deal Brexit taken off the table – which will increase the pressure on MPs to decide on a general election.”