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EU Could Approve Boris Johnson’s Brexit Extension Request by Friday

Boris Johnson departs number 10 Downing Street in London on Oct. 23.

Boris Johnson departs number 10 Downing Street in London on Oct. 23.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Here’s how the process for agreeing on a delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union works.

On Saturday, Boris Johnson wrote to EU Council President Donald Tusk asking for a three-month extension to the Brexit negotiations until Jan. 31.