Brussels, Apr 11 (GCCurrentAffairs) In the course of the coming six months until the new Brexit deadline agreed by the European Union and the United Kingdom, London’s fate will be in its own hands, the European Council President, Donald Tusk said after the council meeting in Brussels.
“Tonight, the European Council decided to grant the United Kingdom a flexible extension of the article 50 period until the 31st of October. This means an additional six months for the UK. During this time, the course of action will be entirely in the UK’s hands,” Tusk said.
“It can still ratify the withdrawal agreement in which case the extension will be terminated. It can also reconsider the whole Brexit strategy that might lead to changes in the political declaration but not in the withdrawal agreement. Until the end of this period, the UK will also have the possibility to revoke article 50 and cancel Brexit all together,” Tusk added.
When asked if the Brexit deadline extension beyond October 31 was possible, Tusk said the upcoming six months “could be enough for a good solution if there’s goodwill.”
“Our intention is to finalize the whole process in October. And the political intention was clear among the member states that our wish and our hope is that the UK will be ready with the final solution until the end of October. But I am too old to exclude another scenario. Still, everything is possible,” Tusk argued.
The EU Council president added that the June meeting on the deadline extension review will be dedicated to updates on the Brexit deal ratification process in the United Kingdom and will not be devoted to any talks or decision-making.