Boris Johnson asks for Brexit extension after Parliament forces his hand
UK parliament votes to postpone Brexit vote
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reaffirmed his commitment to deliver a Brexit deal by the October 31, 2019 deadline.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's promise that his country will leave the European Union by Oct. 31 may be in jeopardy — because of a request he made.
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Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the EU late Saturday seeking a delay to Britain's impending departure from the bloc, as required by law. But he followed it with a signed letter indicating that he does not favor another Brexit extension.
"While it is open to the European Council to accede to the request mandated by Parliament or to offer an alternative extension period, I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister, and made clear to Parliament again today, my view, and the government's position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the U.K. and our EU partners, and the relationship between us," Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk.