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11th Apr 2019

Confirmed: Brexit has officially been delayed until October 31

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Oli Dugmore

If you haven’t heard, it’s been delayed… again.

Trick or treat! Brexit will be delayed until October 31, the leaders of the European Union’s other 27 member states have agreed.

Theresa May sprinted across the Channel for an EU council summit yesterday, where it was decided the UK’s departure from the EU will be delayed until October 31, with a review in June (the prime minister’s preferred extension date.)

Yesterday EU council president Donald Tusk wrote to EU leaders requesting a year-long delay to Brexit.

The decision heads off a no deal exit this Friday, mitigating the prime minister’s parroted position that no deal is better than a bad deal.

Significantly, the extension provides just enough time for a second referendum to be held, 24 weeks exactly.

Not that that’s likely to happen.

The June review date was added after strong man shenanigans from Emmanuel Macron, an EU diplomat told Reuters that the French president was “in a bit of a schizophrenic situation.”

They also report that the reason for selecting October 31 “is that it stops before the new European Commission takes office on Nov. 1, so Britain cannot obstruct the functioning of the EU executive.”

Theresa May returned to the summit with the EU27 after dinner with the UK’s permanent representative to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, for confirmation.

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