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Brexit Standoff as Boris Johnson Defies MPs' Vote to Delay EU Exit

Brexit Standoff as Boris Johnson Defies MPs' Vote to Delay EU Exit”

Following Super Saturday's defeat, PM Johnson held a conversation with European Council President Donald Tusk and informed him that he would send a request for an extension. However, it later became known that Boris Johnson had sent an unsigned photocopy of the request.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Tusk would consult with other leaders "in the next days" about Johnson's request, but most signs indicate the EU would prefer an extension to an abrupt no-deal Brexit.

"It now looks unlikely that we will" leave by Halloween, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told "FOX & Friends" Sunday.

The request came after the United Kingdom parliament passed an amendment motion earlier on Saturday to withhold a vote on the new Brexit deal until legislation to implement it is in place.

French President Emmanuel Macron and some other leaders have expressed reservations about a delay, but it is widely expected that they will ultimately grant one since the European Union wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit. "We know that the European Union want us to leave, we know that we have a deal that allows us to leave", Mr. Gove told Sky TV.

On Sunday, the cabinet minister in charge of Brexit preparations, Michael Gove, said the government had "the means and ability" to leave on October 31.

Lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment that called for the legislation around the withdrawal deal to be approved first.

Johnson could face legal challenges from opponents who feel that sending the second letter was done to frustrate Parliament, which has not approved his Brexit plan but does want to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Despite the stinging rebuke in Parliament on Saturday, the prime minister returns there Monday to keep seeking support for his Brexit proposal, which was approved Thursday by European Union leaders.

"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".

In his own signed letter to Tusk, Johnson said he was confident that the process of getting the legislation through Britain's parliament would be completed before October 31.

The amendment destroyed Downing Street's attempts to seek Commons approval of the deal Mr Johnson forged with Brussels on Thursday - to the anger of the Prime Minister and former Tory colleagues.

Former minister Amber Rudd said she and most of the 21 Conservatives kicked out of the ruling party over their bid to block a no-deal Brexit would support the deal and there was "a fragile but honest coalition of people who want to support it".

"I am absolutely behind the government now as long as they continue with this bill, continue with the deal".

The Prime Minister said he would press on with his Brexit strategy "undaunted" despite the setback.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he had discussed the situation with Mr Johnson and "wished him success in the next stages" in the Commons.

"He is being childlike". Asked on BBC Breakfast whether the PM's move was "childish, Conservative Brexiteer MP Nigel Evans said: "Well he was going to be criticised if he didn't send the letter, because it would have been against the law". "I would have to accept that the court will be able to deal with that one way or another", he said.

Carloway postponed a ruling at the first hearing of this case on 9 October, in part because the government's lawyers made "detailed and specific" statements to uphold the law on Johnson's behalf.

Scotland highest civil court is due to meet on Monday to consider the matter.

Starmer also said an election was inevitable.



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