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Johnson sends unsigned letter asking for delay, and second arguing against it | The Guardian |

The late-night letters followed another bruising day in the Commons for Johnson, where MPs voted by 322 to 306 to withhold approval of his EU exit deal, forcing him to write to Brussels by 11pm on Saturday to request an extension until 31 January 2020.

Despite the prime minister's insistence that he would not "negotiate" a further extension of the UK's membership of the EU, he confirmed on Saturday evening that he had sought such a prolongation. Shortly after 10pm London time, Tusk tweeted:

An EU source said Tusk's deliberations with European leaders "may take a few days".

After the extension request was sent, Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson of "petulant posturing and bluster" and said "his damaging deal was defeated today."

Officials in Brussels said there was little doubt that an extension request would be granted, despite the prime minister's attempts to throw doubt on such a move. A decision on the terms could be taken later in October to allow for events to unfold in London. A summit could be held as late as 29 October.


Guy Verhofstadt, the coordinator of the European parliament's Brexit steering group, said his committee would "consider the outcome of today's vote for the Letwin amendment on Monday".

He added: "Whatever happens next, the marches outside the parliament show just how important a close EU-UK future relationship is."

by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:18:21 AM EST

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