11 April 2019: Brexit date delayed
The UK and the EU have now agreed a "flexible extension" of Brexit until 31 October 2019.
One positive point of this six month extension is that we will now leave the EU on a Thursday rather than a Friday, which gives us one working day the day afterwards to transition immediately into the new ways of working.
What happens next is entirely in the UK's hands – we do have the option to ratify the withdrawal agreement earlier and therefore leave before 31 October.
What has been agreed?
• A Brexit extension should be "only as long as necessary" but "no longer than 31 October 2019", which should allow for the finalising of the withdrawal agreement.
• The UK must hold European Parliament elections – if these don’t happen we will leave on 1 June 2019.
• The European Council reiterates there can be no reopening of the withdrawal agreement.
• The UK will continue to hold full membership rights and legal obligations of the EU during the delay.
• On Thursday, the Prime Minister will make a statement in the House of Commons;
• Talks between the government and Labour are also due to continue;
• Also on Thursday, Parliament will break up for its Easter break until 23 April - although further cross-party talks are expected to be held.