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Brexit UK and EU agree delay to 31 October

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after late-night talks in Brussels.

The new deadline – 31 October – averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday, as MPs are still deadlocked over a deal.

European Council President Donald Tusk said his “message to British friends” was “please do not waste this time”.

Theresa May, who had wanted a shorter delay, said the UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible.

The UK must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal. Read more

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Brexit UK and EU agree delay to 31 October