Boris Johnson commits to sending Brexit extension letter, court told

Boris Johnson commits to sending Brexit extension letter, court told

Johnson made the commitment to request an extension by October 19 as long as all the obligations under the so-called Benn Act are met, said Aidan O'Neill, an attorney for the government's opponents.

He has not explained the apparent contradiction in his comments and opponents say they believe he will seek some kind of legal escape route or try to pressure the European Union into refusing to agree to an extension request.

But if the United Kingdom intends to leave the European Union to pursue an independent trade policy and recover its national sovereignty, right or wrong, not an unreasonable ambition — then complicated arrangements to maintain an invisible border between Northern Ireland and Ireland are going to be necessary.

This requires him to send a letter to the EU asking for a further three-month Brexit extension if no deal is agreed by 19 October - a day after a crucial summit of European leaders. The Queen is not going to fire the prime minister.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme on Friday, she added: "We're not bringing this case because we think there's any loophole in the Benn Act".

The ex-premier suggested that British politics would be "stuck" until Brexit is resolved: 'If I can be perfectly frank about this and we can't get a deal and we can't all be stuck and I recognise my fair share of the responsibility for that fact we are stuck.

"We will only consider a new deadline if a solution is in sight", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday.

"What we have is a clear statement on behalf of the Prime Minister and government as to what it will do in respect to the requirements of the 2019 Act", he said, referring to the law passed last month instructing the government to seek a delay if no deal is reached. Next week, Johnson and his minister of Brexit will again conduct a European tour, seeking support for the complex proposal.

A spokesman for the PM said his chief negotiator David Frost was now locked in "technical level" talks in Brussels to determine whether a deal could be struck in the coming days.

Mr Tusk also spoke to Mr Varadkar on Thursday and delivered the message "we stand fully behind Ireland". "It's a no deal budget so it has to be more conservative than previous budgets and what that means is no across the board income tax cuts and no across the board welfare increases", he said.

UK Britain and Europe will have to agree a draft text next week if they are to sign an accord to avoid a chaotic no-deal divorce or another Brexit delay before this month´s deadline, diplomats warn.

EU Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said discussions on the British prime minister's plan to replace the backstop would not take place this weekend.

Varadkar questioned Johnson's pledge that there would not be "any new physical infrastructure on the island of Ireland linked to customs or customs checks".

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