Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered an unsigned letter to the European Union asking a delay to Britain’s departure in the bloc and he said he didn’t need to have the extension following his most recent Brexit setback in parliament on Saturday.
Johnson had said he’d rather be”dead in a ditch” than request any expansion into the Oct. 31 deadline.
However, he had been forced, by a law passed by competitions, to send a letter into the bloc requesting to push the deadline back to Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his effort to pass on his EU divorce bargain on Saturday.
A government source said Johnson delivered a total of 3 letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council: a photocopy of this text the law, referred to as the Benn Act, compelled him to compose; a cover notice from Britain’s EU envoy stating the government was just complying with this law; along with a third letter where Johnson stated he didn’t need to have an extension.
“I’ve made clear since becoming Prime Minister and made apparent to parliament again now, my perspective, along with also the Government’s position, a further expansion would harm the interests of the united kingdom and our EU partners, and the connection between us,” Johnson said from the next letter, printed on Twitter from the Financial Times’ Brussels correspondent.
Johnson, for whom sending Brexit is essential to his strategy to hold an early election, said he was convinced that the practice of obtaining the Brexit laws through Britain’s parliament will be finished until Oct. 31, according to the letter.
Tusk said he’d received the petition from Johnson.
“I shall now begin consulting EU leaders about the best way best to respond,” he explained on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron advised Johnson the Paris needed rapid clarification about the problem after Saturday’s vote,” an official in the French presidency told Reuters.
But, it was improbable that the EU’s 27 member states could deny Britain’s delay petition.
Johnson had hoped that Saturday would observe recalcitrant lawmakers back the divorce agreement he agreed with EU leaders this week and finish three decades of political deadlock because the 2016 referendum vote to leave the bloc.
Rather, lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favor of a change which flipped Johnson’s proposed finale on its mind by obliging him to ask the EU to get a delay, and increasing the chance for opponents to frustrate Brexit.
Johnson has promised he would take the nation from their bloc on Oct. 31, with no describing how he’d do so while also complying with all the Benn Act.
“I won’t negotiate a delay together with the EU and doesn’t the legislation induce me to do so,” he told parliament after lawmakers endorsed the change on Saturday.
Opposition politicians accused him of thinking that he was above the law.
“His juvenile refusal to sign the correspondence confirms what we always imagined that Johnson along with his arrogant sense of entitlement believes he’s above the law and responsibility.”
Scotland’s highest court is supposed to consider on Monday a legal struggle that had sought to force Johnson to comply with all the Benn Act. The court stated earlier that government attorneys had given proper legal statements he would abide by the Benn Act also it might be a serious issue if he didn’t.
It seems like he is breaking both claims,” Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party lawmaker involved with the situation said on Twitter.