Tonight the European Council decided to grant the United Kingdom a flexible extension of the Article 50 period until the 31st of October. This means an additional six months for the UK. During this time, the course of action will be entirely in the UK hands. It can still ratify the withdrawal agreement, in which case the extension will be terminated. It can also reconsider the whole Brexit strategy.
This extension is as flexible as I expected, and a little bit shorter than I expected, but it's still enough to find the best possible solution. Please do not waste this time.
There'll be a flextension until the 31st of October. So that means the United Kingdom will be able to stay in the European Union until the 31st of October. But if they would ratify the withdrawal agreement before that, they could leave earlier. They will have to participate in the European elections, and if they do not they will then leave without a deal on the 1st of June. And we'll review progress at our regular European Council meeting in June, but that won't be decision making as such, that'll just be an ordinary progress review.