EU says Britain has requested an extension of Brexit deadline after UK lawmakers delay vote
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EU Council President Donald Tusk stated he has acquired the extension letter and that he would start consulting with E.U. leaders on how to reply to Britain’s request.
It’s the third time that Britain has requested the E.U. to delay the deadline for Brexit.
Johnson, nonetheless, didn’t personally signal the letter, in accordance with media stories. Earlier on Saturday, Johnson stated he would refuse to ask the EU for a delay to the present Oct. 31 deadline after struggling a slim defeat in Parliament.
Although Johnson personally opposes an extension, the British authorities was pressured to ask for one after UK lawmakers on Saturday delayed approval of Johnson’s withdrawal settlement and voted to activate a legislation that required Downing Road to ask Brussels to push again the deadline for Brexit.
That modification triggering the legislation, often known as the “Benn Act,” was backed by 322 votes to 306.
Talking after the setback, Johnson stated he would “not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the legislation compel me to take action.” Nevertheless by legislation, in accordance with the Benn Act, Johnson had till 11:00 p.m. London time Saturday to ship a letter to the EU requesting an extension.
Johnson has additionally beforehand said he would moderately be “lifeless in a ditch” than ask for extra time from the EU.
His withdrawal settlement invoice will now be launched within the Home of Commons early subsequent week which might doubtlessly imply a vote on Tuesday night on what’s termed the “second studying,” the preliminary stage of a passage of invoice by way of the Home of Commons.
Ought to it move, this is able to be the primary time the Home has handed any invoice regarding Brexit withdrawal offers.
—CNBC’s Elliot Smith contributed to this text.