UK PM will write letter to EU asking for Brexit delay if no deal by Saturday

UK PM will write letter to EU asking for Brexit delay if no deal by Saturday
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Boris Johnson will write a letter to the EU asking for a delay to Brexit beyond 31 October if he fails to get an exit deal approved by parliament by Saturday, the Brexit secretary has confirmed, APA reports citing Sky News.

Stephen Barclay told a committee of MPs that the prime minister will "comply" with legislation, aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit at the end of the month, passed by opposition MPs last month.

This law compels Mr Johnson to ask for a three-month extension to the Article 50 negotiating period, to 31 January 2020, if MPs have not approved a Brexit deal - or explicitly authorised a no-deal Brexit - by 19 October.

Earlier this month, it was revealed government documents submitted to a court stated the prime minister "will send a letter... no later than 19 October" to the EU asking for a Brexit delay.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly promised to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal, and would "rather be dead in a ditch" than ask Brussels for a delay.

Mr Barclay told the House of Commons' Brexit committee on Wednesday: "I can confirm, as the prime minister has repeatedly set out, that firstly the government will comply with the law.

"And, secondly, the government will comply with undertakings given to the court in respect of the law."

Aytan Abbasli

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