The Halloween deadline is a compromise between the short extension of no more than two months favoured by France’s Emmanuel Macron and a longer extension to March 2020 favoured by European Council President Donald Tusk. Prime Minister Theresa May originally set out to get an extension to June 30. Mrs May has now been invited back to the room, which she was invited to leave for the EU27 to discuss.
Mr Tusk tweeted: “EU27 has agreed an extension of Article 50. I will now meet Prime Minister Theresa May for the UK Government’s agreement.”
It is also expected that that there will be a review at the end of June, where the UK’s compliance with conditions will be checked, such
There is allegedly some anger levelled at President Macron tonight, after he broke the unity the EU27 have held so far in Brexit negotiations.
The Prime Minister’s agreement is required for any change to the Brexit date to be finalised.
It is understood that the majority of leaders at the Brussels summit favoured Mr Tusk’s longer extension proposal, but compromised after President Macron dug his heels in.
Mr Macron argued that no deal Brexit would be less damaging than a disruptive UK for month after month.
Mrs May gave a one-hour presentation setting out her case for an extension to June 30, with a break clause allowing the UK to leave when a Withdrawal Agreement is ratified.
But she then had to leave to allow the EU27 to discuss the UK’s future without her.
Five hours later she was summoned back from the residence of UK ambassador Sir Tim Barrow for her agreement.
Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness said told BBC News: “I think the leaders would have been focusing on what was beset for the European Union.
“Clearly the Prime Minister has her own concerns and she brought those, I’m sure, to the table.
“I daresay there was a lot of focus on what she said about talks with the Labour Party.”
She added: “The end of June deadline for a review should focus minds in the House of Commons, because ideally we would like to see some endgame there, some certainty.”