New Brexit turmoil as Boris Johnson sends unsigned extension letter to EU

Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a

Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a"People's Vote protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership in London Oct. 19 2019

It has so far been envisaged for Oct 31.

At home, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he believes Johnson has enough support to get his deal through Parliament, but added the government would keep talking with its Northern Ireland ally, the Democratic Unionist Party, to persuade it to back the deal. The EU chamber sits in Strasbourg next week. "We need to end these negotiations and get on with negotiating the future relationship", he said on Friday. Another one added that the meeting was very brief: "No questions, no discussion.

It is now up to the British parliament to say whether it accepts or rejects it", the French presidency said.

"He (Macron) signaled a delay would be in no one's interest", the official said.

Tusk took to Twitter to say the UK's extension request has been received and that he would consult with European Union leaders on "how to react".

When EU ambassadors met in Brussels on Sunday morning to assess the situation, they refrained from discussing any policy details and made a decision to simply wait for updates from the British government while beginning the legal process for the European Union to ratify the new Brexit deal, according to Politico Europe. They hope the deal can be approved in London.

The U.K. accelerated its preparations to leave the European Union without an agreement on October 31 as the bloc was reportedly poised to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson more time, if he needs it, to work out a deal.

"There's been a lot of political chicanery by the other side because we've got a parliament that wants to remain and we've got a people that wants to leave".

The UK Parliament's special session failed to clear the Brexit fog as Letwin Amendment took over the meaningful vote. That letter was sent because Parliament required it to be sent. but Parliament can't change the Prime Minister's mind; Parliament can't change the government's policy or determination.

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the European Union for a delay to Brexit - but without his signature.

"It will be for the court to decide whether his actions in failing to sign the letter of request and sending a letter setting out his contrary intentions are in breach of the undertakings he gave them or a contempt of court".

Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Carloway, and two other judges will hear allegations on Monday that the prime minister broke a promise he made to the court that he would not try to sabotage that request for an extension.

Mr Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of getting the Brexit legislation through Parliament would be completed before Oct 31, according to the letter.

The letter asks the European Union to further delay the date by which the United Kingdom has to leave the bloc.

"We are going to leave by October 31st", Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday.

Rather than writing one letter to the European Union, Johnson has sent three - nearly.

The EU, which has grappled with the tortuous Brexit crisis since Britons voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave in a 2016 referendum, was clearly bewildered by the contradictory signals from London. "We can not guarantee that the European Council will grant an extension", he said, adding that he would chair a meeting, scheduled for yesterday, "to ensure that the next stage of our exit preparations, our preparedness for a no deal, is accelerated".

Johnson received a boost earlier Sunday when former cabinet minister Amber Rudd, who walked out of the government and the Tory party in protest at the expulsion of 21 colleagues, said she and many among those kicked out are ready to support his deal.

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the BBC it is "inevitable" that lawmakers opposed to Brexit will put forward an amendment seeking a second referendum - something strongly opposed by Johnson and his government. Although he indicated that he would ultimately respect the letter of the law regarding the demands of the Benn Act, this didn't ultimately convert to respecting the law of letter-writing - that is, say what you mean and then sign it when finished.

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