Brexit To And Fro Continues Into Fresh Decade
A Myriad Of Outcomes Lie Ahead
Three Brexit deadlines have come and gone, and the UK is still a member of the European Union. It will remain so until it agrees a withdrawal deal or leaves without one at the end of January 2020. Alternatively, it could secure yet another extension to the Article 50 period beyond January 31. Or it could decide not to leave at all.
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