Westminster has spent most of this week waiting to hear whether Brussels will delay Brexit again – and if so, for how long. But the EU has had issues of its own to work through with an extension to Article 50 before revealing its hand.
Any decision must be taken unanimously by the 27 EU member states, which presents complications. Ambassadors met during the week to have a first look at the situation. Diplomats say the vast majority of countries were in favour of a three-month extension until 31 January next year.
There were two main justifications behind this stance: one is that it would probably give enough time for an election or the passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through parliament.
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