BRUSSELS: EU member states are expected this morning to grant an extension of Britain’s membership of the EU until 31 January next year.
It is believed that the members states will give Britain the option to formally leave the bloc earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified before the end of the year.
Following discussions over the weekend, the EU 27 ambassadors are today expected to approve a draft declaration on extending the Article 50 process.
EU member states have been mulling over British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for an extension to Article 50 ever since he grudgingly applied for one via an unsigned letter on 19 October.
While member states have been waiting for clarity on if, or when, the UK might provide a clear reason for the extension, such as an election, Mr Johnson has in turn said he would wait to see what the EU said about the extension before pushing for an election.
But with confusion now gripping the process in Westminster as to when an election might take place, and how it would be triggered, the EU appears to have decided that any further delay was pointless.
France appears to have dropped its demand for a short extension.