How does the EU decide on an extension of Article 50?

The Article 50 period gives a member state two years to negotiate its exit from the EU. However, should more time be required, either side can ask for an extension. For that to be granted, the departing state must agree, as well as all of the EU’s member states acting unanimously. On the EU side, while other individuals, including the Presidents of the European Commission and of the European Council, might be present at such a decision they do not vote.

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