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Johnson sends Tusk extension request

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent European Council President Donald Tusk a letter requesting a delay to the October 31 Brexit deadline late on Saturday night — along with another letter arguing against an extension.

Johnson, who has insisted the U.K. would leave the EU at the end of October, had to send a letter requesting an extension after MPs on Saturday voted narrowly for an amendment that obliged him to do so.

But Downing Street actually sent three letters: a formal request for an extension until January 31, 2020, a letter from Britains envoy to the EU, Tim Barrow, and a letter from Johnson outlining why he did not want an extension.

In his letter, Johnson said: “While it is open to the European Council to accede to the request mandated by Parliament or to offer an alternative extension period, I have made clear … that a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us.”

Tusk on Saturday night confirmed he had received the letters. “The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaderRead More – Source

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