The ‘Do or Die’ quest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union come October 31st, has finally been defeated, as after the Brexit extension by the EU, he formally write the Union accepting the offer of a Brexit extension until January 31, 2020.
The Prime Minister as reported by the UK Evening Standard, signed the Brexit extension document which was sent to European Council President Donald Tusk agreeing with the EU’s terms.
The report stated that in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk,Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctantly accepted the delay, saying he had no choice under British law.
“This unwanted prolongation of the UK’s membership of the EU is damaging to our democracy,” he said.
“I would also urge EU member states to make clear that a further Brexit extension after 31st January is not possible. This is plenty of time to ratify our deal.”
The PM also admitted his fears about Parliament’s continued resistance to his deal and states it is the reason for him trying to secure a general election.
The European Union today agreed to the potential three-month Brexit delay that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had vowed never to request.
The 27 countries that will remain in the EU agreed to put off Brexit until the end of January, with an earlier departure possible should the faction-ridden UK parliament ratify the separation deal that Johnson agreed with the bloc.
If no EU country objects within 24 hours by Tuesday afternoon the delay will have been formally adopted.
This was the letter by Boris Johnson on the Brexit extension. He said:
‘As you are well aware, I have no discretion under the UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) (No.2) Act 2019, which was imposed on this Government against its will, to do anything other than confirm the UK’s formal agreement to this extension, as per the attached draft Decision.
‘I must make clear my view that this unwanted prolongation of the UK’s membership of the EU is damaging to our democracy and to the relationship between us and our European friends.
While we will of course not seek to deliberately disrupt the EU’s business, I must underline that I continue to have a responsibility as Prime Minister to protect the UK’s national interests during this period, including in EU decision-making.
‘I would have much preferred it if the UK Parliament could have proceeded rapidly to ratify the deal we reached between us. ‘Unfortunately I very much fear that this Parliament will never do so as long as it has the option of further delay. That is why I am seeking a General Election in December to ensure the election of a fresh Parliament which is capable of resolving the issue in accordance with our constitutional norms.’