EU ambassadors have agreed to accept the UK’s request for a Brexit “flextension” until January 31 2020, European Council president Donald Tusk has said.

“The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020,” he tweeted.

“The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure,” he added.

The UK would be able to leave earlier, according to reports, with Brexit going ahead on the first day of the month after a deal is ratified.

Boris Johnson has said in the past he would prefer to be “dead in a ditch” than miss the October 31 deadline.

Meanwhile, British MPs will vote later on whether to back a December general election.

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