Brexit deadline extended to October 31
The Article 50 deadline was extended until October 31 last night following an emergency summit in Brussels.
Theresa May met with the 27 European Council leaders last night in an attempt to secure an extension to Brexit.
The deadline of October 31 is longer than the June 30 deadline May had proposed, but also shorter than the March 2020 deadline that had initially been supported by Council President Donald Tusk.
After the summit finished May said: "The choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear.
"So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest."
May will now return to the UK in order to update parliament on the new agreed extension and set out the next steps for the UK in negotiations.
She will also recommence talks with the Labour party delegation aimed at reaching a consensus that can achieve support in the Commons.
If the UK can reach an agreement in parliament that is acceptable to the EU prior to October 31 it can leave early, but candidates from the UK will now have to contest the European Elections on May 22.
May added: "I do not pretend the next few weeks will be easy, or there is a simple way to break the deadlock in parliament.
"But we have a duty as politicians to find a way to fulfil the democratic decision of the referendum, deliver Brexit and move our country forward.
"Nothing is more pressing or more vital."