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Johnson refuses to sign delay letter sent to EU

British prime minister sticks it out with unsigned letter to EU after parliament vote forces delay

Source: Reuters

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday requesting a Brexit delay alongside a separate note saying that he did not want an extension, a British government source said.

Under the Benn Act passed by lawmakers last month, Johnson had to ask for a Brexit deadline extension from October 31 until the end of January if he failed to get lawmakers’ backing for a Brexit deal by Saturday, or their support for leaving without a deal.

Instead of voting on his divorce deal, lawmakers voted to back an amendment which delayed a final decision until formal ratification legislation has passed.

The source said a third document was also sent to Brussels, signed by Britain’s top envoy to the European Union.

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