This was announced in his microblog Twitter head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
"The EU27 decided to agree to the request of Britain to provide it with a flexible respite of Brexit until January 31, 2020. The procedure will be in writing," Tusk wrote.
According to the BBC, during this time Britain intends to hold early elections, which, as politicians hope, will lead them out of the stalemate surrounding the Brexit.
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Flexible postponement means that Britain will be able to exit the EU earlier than late January if it ratifies the exit agreement. Making a delay in writing means that the leaders of the EU countries will not meet for this at an emergency summit.
On Monday, the British House of Commons is scheduled to vote on early elections. Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposes to hold them on December 12. Whether he will be able to make this decision is, however, unclear.