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Brexit: Boris Johnson claims EU has not explained in detail

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 12.53pm BST Anti-Brexit campaigners have failed in an attempt to force Boris Johnson to ask for an extension to article 50 if he is unable to get a Brexit deal through parliament, my colleague Severin Carrell reports. His story goes on:Lord Pentland, sitting in the court of session in Edinburgh, rejected their request for a court order instructing the prime minister to seek an extension if he cannot get a deal passed by the Commons this month. Related: Court rejects latest request to force PM to ask for Brexit extension 12.49pm BST Boris Johnson has also restated his claim that the UK will definitely leave the EU on 31 October – even though MPs have passed the Benn Act, which is intended to stop that happening. Asked about the Scottish court case about whether he must send a letter requesting an extension in the event of there being no deal, Johnson said:We will study any judgments, of course, very closely, as we always do. We will respect the law. And we will leave the European Union on October 31. Clearly, that’s what the people of this country voted for. I think most people just want just to get Brexit done. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-10-07 11:53:22

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