British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent an unsigned letter to the European Union on Saturday (19th of October) requesting a Brexit extension.
Johnson was required by law to ask for a Brexit delay until the end of January in the event that Parliament did not vote on a withdrawal agreement by October 19. Downing Street published three letters that were sent to the EU on Saturday including a cover letter from the UK’s EU representative stating that the unsigned letter had been sent to comply with the law.
Johnson’s signed letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk and other EU leaders argued against granting the UK a Brexit delay, stating that while it was the EU’s prerogative to accede to the request or not, “a further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners.”
“We must bring this process to a conclusion so that we can move to the next phase and build our new relationship on the foundations of our long history as neighbours and friends in this continent our people’s share,” Johnson’s letter continued.
Johnson has repeatedly declared he will take the country out of the EU by October 31 and “get Brexit done” and in his letter to the EU, he said he remained “confident” that they would ratify the withdrawal agreement by October 31.