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U.K.: EU Considers New Brexit Extension, Report Says

2 MINS READOct 9, 2019 | 13:51 GMT

What Happened: The European Union is considering another Brexit extension, according to an Oct. 8 report by The Guardian, which noted that the British withdrawal from the bloc could be delayed until June 2020.

Why it Matters: The European Union may choose to grant another extension as an official British request to delay Brexit would almost certainly result in an early election and potentially a new government that is more willing to reach a compromise with Brussels. The fear of a no-deal Brexit also drives EU governments to consider another extension, particularly amid an economic slowdown across the continent and the potential effects of a disorderly Brexit on the Irish economy.

Background: The British government suspended Parliament from Oct. 8 until Oct. 14, and the chamber will convene on Oct. 19 for a special session to discuss Brexit developments. If the European Union and the United Kingdom reach a deal during a European Council meeting on Oct. 17-18, the House of Commons could vote on a new agreement during the special session. Alternatively, if Brussels and London fail to agree on a deal, Prime Minister Boris Johnson could push for a vote on different Brexit options, ask for a confidence vote or announce his resignation.

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