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Brexit won't be delayed despite extension request, UK government ministers insist


Added 10-20-19 05:37:02am EST - “Ministers are insisting that the UK will leave the European Union by the current Brexit deadline of October 31, despite the government being forced by parliament to ask the bloc for an extension.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Brexit won’t be delayed despite extension request, UK government ministers insist”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter requesting an extension after his Brexit strategy suffered a setback with a defeat in the House of Commons on Saturday.

European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed that he had received the letter and will start consulting EU leaders about “how to react.”

Despite this, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his fellow cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted on Sunday that the UK will leave the bloc by October 31.  

Johnson's request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by the Prime Minister, saying he believed a delay would be a mistake. Gove told Sky News that the government still had “the means and ability” to leave on October 31.

Gove, who is in charge of no-deal planning, said that “the prime minister’s determination is absolute” and the government’s “determined policy” is to meet that deadline. “We know that the EU want us to leave, we know that we have a deal that allows us to leave,” he said.

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