Johnson to U-turn on his ‘do or die’ Brexit plans and ask for a delay, court documents reveal
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019
PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson will U-turn on his “do or die” promise to leave the European Union by Halloween and will ask for a delay if he fails to land a deal, court documents revealed today.
Mr Johnson has accepted the terms of the Benn Act, passed by Westminster last month, requiring him to seek a Brexit extension to January 31 if no deal has been agreed in Parliament to pass on to Brussels by October 19, according to a submission to the Court of Session, Scotland’s highest court.
The Prime Minister had previously publicly claimed that the government would “obey the law and will come out on October 31” in any event, without providing specifications and fuelling speculation that he had identified a loophole around the Act.
He had also declared he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay.
Legal action is underway in a bid to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU without a deal and to require Mr Johnson to seek an extension.
The Prime Minister’s submission read that “he would send the letter mandated by the Benn Act” and would not “frustrate” attempts to get an extension.
Aidan O’Neill QC, representing those bankrolling the legal action, said: “We can’t trust this government, in light of statements it has made, that it will comply with the law.”
But the Communist Party’s Robert Griffiths told the Star: “It’s difficult to see what would be achieved by postponing ‘Brexit day’ for the fourth time, other than allowing anti-democratic MPs yet more opportunities to sabotage Brexit altogether.
“Pro-EU Labour MPs who claim to respect the referendum result can have no genuine reason not to support a Theresa May-type deal which binds Britain to EU single market rules for years into the foreseeable future, while also transferring all EU labour and environmental legislation into British law.”
Mr Johnson is expected to set off on a tour of European capitals for face-to-face talks with his counterparts next week.
Although the European Commission said that there was no formal deadline for talks to make progress, officials made clear that time was tight.
Downing Street has refused to comment after extracts of the document were read out in court.
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