What is a flextension?

This term describes the flexible extension policy adopted by the EU27 when the UK was first granted an extension to the Article 50 period in March 2019. The policy had two parts. First, if the UK Parliament had approved the Withdrawal Agreement by the end of March, the extension would have run to 22 May to allow time for the final ratification procedures to be completed. Second, if the UK Parliament did not approve the deal, which it didn’t, then the extension would run to 12 April, at which point the UK would have to ‘indicate a way forward’. Following the flextension in March 2019, the UK requested a further extension on 5 April, which was granted to 31 October.

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