On 28 October 2019, the Prime Minister of the UK wrote to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, accepting the EU’s offer of an extension of Article 50 until 31 January 2020. He highlighted that he had little choice in the matter, as he was compelled by legislation passed by MPs some weeks previously to request and accept the extension, and emphasised that he believed that any further extension would be detrimental to the relationship between the EU27 and the UK.
The Prime Minister subsequently garnered sufficient cross-party support to call a General Election, which will be held on 12 December 2019.
Brexit Brief, published by the IIEA’s UK Project Group, covers developments in the on-going debate over the UK’s vote to Leave the European Union. It is part of a wider communications programme, which will be highlighted on the Institute’s website.
This Brexit brief is available here.