President of the European Parliament David Sassoli: an extension request remains on the table.
"After the vote of the British Parliament to allow more time to examine details of the withdrawal agreement and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to pause the bill following the vote, the British government’s request for an extension until January 31 remains on the table.
“I think it is advisable, as requested by President Donald Tusk, that the European Council should accept this extension.
“This extension will allow the United Kingdom to clarify its position and the European Parliament to exercise its role.”
Video statement by David SASSOLI, EP President on Brexit, following vote in Westminster: