Brexit: date postponed to 31 October 2019 at the latest

Following a request from UK, on 10 April 2019, the European Council agreed to a further extension to allow for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by both Parties.

Such an extension should last as long as necessary and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019. The European Council also recalled that, under Article 50, the Withdrawal Agreement may enter into force on an earlier date, should the Parties complete their respective ratification procedures before 31 October 2019.

Consequently, the withdrawal should take place on the first day of the month following the completion of the ratification procedures.

One consequence is that the United Kingdom has to hold elections to the European Parliament in accordance with applicable Union law.