The EU has agreed a three-month Brexit 'flextension' until January 31st 2020, which gives the UK the option of leaving before then if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced the agreement on Twitter on Monday morning.
He called the extension a “flextension” – a flexible extension – meaning that if MPs in London approve the Brexit deal, then the UK could leave the EU sooner than January 31st.
If the UK parliament does ratify Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement then it is believed the UK would leave the EU on the first day of the following month, so December 1st or January 1st.
“The Danish position has always been that we support an extension if that is what’s needed,” Frederiksen said.
“I’m pleased the British have been given more time to secure a deal. It’s in Denmark’s interest that we do what we can to avoid a hard [no-deal, ed.] Brexit,” the PM wrote on Twitter.
STM: “Den danske position har hele tiden været, at vi støtter en forlængelse, hvis det er det, der er behov for. Jeg er glad for, at briterne får mere tid til at få en aftale på plads. Det er i Danmarks interesse, at vi gør, hvad vi kan, for at undgå et hårdt #brexit”. #dkpol
— Statsministeriet (@Statsmin) October 28, 2019
The delay is the third time the UK, originally scheduled to leave the EU on March 29th, has been granted an extension.
British prime minister Boris Johnson is now seeking to secure a general election, possibly on December 12th.