October 28, 2019 / 5:39 PM / 19 days ago

EU confirms Johnson approved Jan.31 Brexit delay, 24-hour countdown begins

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed the European Union that he was accepting Brexit delay until Jan. 31, meaning the bloc would now start a 24-hour countdown process to formally approve the new date for divorce, a spokesman for the bloc said.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now confirmed the UK’s agreement to the Brexit flextension in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. The EU27 written procedure to formalise the decision will be launched soon,” said Tusk’s spokesman Preben Amann.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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