Boris Johnson Sends Unsigned Letter Asking EU For Brexit Delay

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2019

Macron had said on Thursday, when the deal was sealed between Johnson and the European Union in Brussels, that he was "reasonably confident" it would be approved by British lawmakers.

Bound by a law passed by opposition Members of Parliament, he formally asked the European Union to delay Brexit until January 31, but made it clear he'd rather there was no extension.

Johnson has been promising that he will take the country out of the bloc on October 31, come what may, and after the amendment passed, he struck a defiant tone.

The Opposition leader has condemned Mr Johnson's new deal and says he will whip his MPs to vote against it when it is put to a new meaningful vote, which could be as early as tomorrow.

"I will now start consulting European Union leaders on how to react", he said on Twitter.

The Conservative leader, who had to send the letter to abide by the law, also sent a second signed letter insisting he was not seeking an extension to the Brexit deadline, which has already been postponed twice.

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the European Union for a delay to Brexit - but without his signature.

That law means Johnson is now required to write a letter requesting an extension to the October 31 Brexit deadline by midnight on Saturday.

"Tusk will on that basis start consulting European Union leaders on how to react".

An EU source told AFP that the process "may take a few days" and declined to comment on the non-signature.

If Johnson tries to circumvent the legislation forcing him to seek a delay, as his aides have previously threatened, he is nearly certain to face legal challenges that could end up in the U.K. Supreme Court.

In a major blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.K. The move by Parliament increased the chances that the divorce would be delayed and thus increased the opportunity for opponents of Brexit to frustrate the United Kingdom's departure. "It is now up to the British parliament to say whether it accepts or rejects it", the French presidency said.

However, it was unlikely that the EU's 27 members states would refuse Britain's delay request.

Letwin's amendment proposed that a decision on whether to back a Brexit deal be deferred until all the legislation needed to implement it has been passed through Parliament. "The Oct. 31 date must be respected".

Mr. Letwin, who supports Mr. Johnson's Brexit deal, argued that the amendment was simply a safety net to prevent pro-Brexit hard-liners from sabotaging the implementing legislation and, in the ensuing political vacuum before the October 31 deadline, engineering the no-deal rupture that some want.

There would still be a "transition period", during which the two sides would discuss their future relationship, while the United Kingdom would remain under EU rules until December 2020, when the United Kingdom would leave the EU single market and customs union.

"We feel that we are voiceless. This is a national disaster waiting to happen and it is going to destroy the economy", she said.

But there was also jubilation at the vote among tens of thousands of protesters who gathered outside parliament on Saturday to demand a new referendum to reverse Brexit.

The amendment to be voted on Saturday would withhold approval of the deal until all the necessary legislation to implement it has passed. He is compelled by law to ask for the extension, but he said "it can not change my judgment that further delay is pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust". Should he fail, Johnson will face the humiliation of Brexit unravelling.

Labour's Brexit civil war dramatically escalated Saturday night amid claims Jeremy Corbyn wants to lose a new crunch vote on Boris Johnson's deal even as "real leader" John McDonnell starred at a mass rally for a second referendum. His Northern Irish allies and the three main opposition parties oppose it.

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