23:10 Thursday, 21 March 2019
The European Council has agreed on a response to the UK’s requests for a Brexit extension.
Leaders of the 27 EU nations have agreed to an Article 50 extension until May 22nd, if the Withdrawal Agreement is approved next week.
European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted to say if it isn’t agreed next week, then the extension will be until April 12th.
The deal formed in Brussels over a working dinner this evening.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May had sought an extension until the end of June.
EU27 responds to UK requests in a positive spirit and:
👉 agrees to Art. 50 extension until 22 May if Withdrawal Agreement approved next week
👉 if not agreed next week then extension until 12 April
👉 approves ‘Strasbourg Agreement’
👉 continues no-deal preparations
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 21, 2019