Donald Tusk to UK: I will keep my fingers crossed for you
3 weeks ago
Council president tells UK to ‘make the best use’ of the Brexit extension which ’may be the last one.’
Donald Tusk, the outgoing president of the European Council, has sent a farewell message to the United Kingdom and urged politicians to “make the best use” of the Brexit extension offered by the EU.
Tusk, who has made no secret of his wish for the U.K. to stay in the EU, said the three-month Brexit extension offered by the bloc earlier this week “may be the last one.” The Council officially adopted the extension to Article 50 on Tuesday.
It will last “until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties,” according to a statement.
The extension came after British MPs backed Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal but refused to rush the legislation through parliament, as the government had hoped.
Tusk ended his tweet by saying “I also want to say goodbye to you as my mission here is coming to an end.” Tusk’s term ends on December 1. “I will keep my fingers crossed for you.”
To my British friends,
The EU27 has formally adopted the extension. It may be the last one. Please make the best use of this time.
I also want to say goodbye to you as my mission here is coming to an end. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.