U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told European Council President Donald Tusk that he will send a letter to the EU requesting an extension of the 31st October Brexit deadline on Saturday night, an EU official said after the pair spoke by phone.
A defiant Boris Johnson said he would not negotiate a further delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after parliament voted on Saturday to postpone a vote on his Brexit deal.
Parliament voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister.
According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the European Union seeking a delay beyond Britain’s scheduled departure date of October 31.
However, Johnson has repeatedly vowed he will not do this and on Saturday he stuck to that line.