Johnson Asks EU for Brexit Delay, However Hopes He Received’t Want It

(Bloomberg) — Boris Johnson is sending the letter to Brussels he by no means needed to write down.

Certain by a regulation handed by opposition Members of Parliament, he’ll formally ask the European Union to delay Brexit till Jan. 31, in keeping with an individual aware of the matter. On the identical time, he pledged to push on along with his plans to go away by his Oct. 31 deadline.

Johnson spoke to European Council President Donald Tusk this night and confirmed that the letter can be despatched earlier than tonight’s deadline, an EU official stated. Tusk will then begin consulting EU leaders on react, which can take just a few days. A unanimous vote is required to grant an extension.

After Saturday’s defeat in Parliament, Johnson by no means acquired his probability to see if MPs would assist his deal. He now plans to push via the laws in lower than two weeks. The Withdrawal Settlement Invoice might start its journey as quickly as Tuesday, after Johnson makes one other try on Monday to get Parliament to log out on the precept of his deal, making the extension pointless.

If he succeeds, he’ll be capable of meet the deadline after which push for a normal election. If he fails, he dangers plunging the nation right into a political disaster that might see Brexit delayed and the nation vote as soon as once more on its EU membership.

Primarily based on how MPs voted immediately and their feedback in the course of the debate, Johnson may nonetheless have an opportunity. It might come right down to a single vote.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tim Ross in Brussels at [email protected];Ian Wishart in Brussels at [email protected]

To contact the editors answerable for this story: Heather Harris at [email protected], James Ludden

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