THE UK has been granted a six-month extension to Brexit by European Union leaders after a tense summit in Brussels.
Prime Minister Theresa May had wanted a shorter delay to Brexit up to June 30, with the possibility of an earlier exit if her withdrawal deal was ratified.
EU leaders settled on a new flexible deadline of October 31 meaning Britain could have to participate in the May European elections.
“I know that there is huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension.
“The UK should have left the EU by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade Parliament to approve a deal,” said May.
The new Halloween departure date was agreed after a six-hour long meeting of leaders.
European Council President, Donald Tusk said: “This extension is as flexible as I expected and a little bit shorter than I expected but it is still enough to find the best possible solution,
“Please do not waste this time.”