UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a letter to his parliamentary colleagues, said that the EU could refuse to extend the Brexit term, and again called on MPs to support the agreement with the EU, warning that otherwise Brexit would be waiting for the country without an agreement.
On Saturday, deputies approved the amendment requiring the prime minister to request the postponement of Brexit from October 31 to a later date. Johnson must send a letter to the EU before 23:00, but he said from the very beginning that he was opposed to the extension.
“It is entirely possible that our friends in the EU will reject the parliament’s demand for a new extension or not make a decision quickly. In these circumstances, I hope that our colleagues on both sides of the House of Commons – with the choice between this agreement and leaving without an agreement – will support the new agreement,” the prime minister said.
“I made it clear that I did not want a new extension. European leaders made it clear that they did not want a new extension. With great regret, I watched today that the House of Commons voted for a new extension,” Johnson wrote.
“I will not discuss the extension with the EU. I will tell the EU what I told the British over 88 days as prime minister: delay is not a solution,” the prime minister emphasized.
He reiterated that next week he would introduce the bill necessary to exit the EU on October 31 with the current agreement.
Johnson did not specify whether, in accordance with the law, he is going to send an official letter from the EU asking for an extension of Brexit. It is possible that he will nevertheless send such a letter, while in another letter expressing his negative attitude towards the extension. European Parliament President Donald Tusk has just announced that he is awaiting a letter from Johnson asking for an extension.
Information that such a letter will be sent on Saturday, a source in the European Union told RIA.
Based on this message, Tusk will begin consultations with EU leaders on how to respond further. These consultations may take several days, the source said.
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