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BRUSSELS, Oct 19 (Reuters) – The chairman of European Union leaders Donald Tusk stated on Saturday he acquired a request from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for an extension of the Brexit deadline of Oct. 31, as required by the British parliament.
“The extension request has simply arrived. I’ll now begin consulting EU leaders on the way to react,” Tusk stated on Twitter.
Johnson requested Tusk to delay the deadline for Britain’s exit from the European Union till the tip of January 2020, as envisaged by the Benn Act handed by the British parliament.
An EU official stated the extension request was not signed by Johnson and that it got here with a canopy letter from Britain’s ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow explaining the federal government is obliged to ask for an extension underneath British legislation.
Individually, Johnson despatched a letter to Tusk saying he didn’t need an extension, the official stated. (Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis)