British High Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday requesting a delay to Brexit but he also sent yet every other message in which he stated he did no longer prefer the extension, a authorities provide acknowledged.
Johnson turned into as soon as compelled by a legislation, passed by opponents final month, to ask the bloc for an extension to the contemporary Brexit decrease-off date of Oct. 31 till Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his strive to pass his EU divorce deal earlier on Saturday.
The authorities provide acknowledged Johnson sent a total of three letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council: a photocopy of the text that the legislation, is known as the Benn Act, forced him to write; a quilt uncover from Britain’s EU envoy; and a third letter in which he acknowledged he did no longer prefer an extension.
“I truly non-public made determined since turning into High Minister and made determined to parliament all yet again this day, my glance, and the Govt’s space, that an additional extension would harm the interests of the UK and our EU companions, and the connection between us,” Johnson acknowledged in the third letter, printed on Twitter by the Monetary Instances’ Brussels correspondent.
Johnson acknowledged he turned into as soon as confident that the strategy of getting the Brexit legislation by blueprint of Britain’s parliament may well be accomplished sooner than Oct. 31, in accordance to the letter.
Tusk acknowledged he had obtained the ask from Johnson.
“I will now start consulting EU leaders on easy solutions to react,” he acknowledged on Twitter.
Johnson had hoped that Saturday would ogle recalcitrant lawmakers in the end back the divorce deal he agreed with EU leaders this week and quit three years of political deadlock since the 2016 referendum vote to go the bloc.
In its set up, lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favor of an modification that turned into Johnson’s deliberate finale on its head by obliging him to ask the EU for a delay, and rising the different for opponents to frustrate Brexit.
Johnson has beforehand promised that he would consume the nation out of the bloc on Oct. 31, and would quite be “boring in a ditch” than ask for any extension without explaining how he would bear this whereas also complying with the Benn Act.