Court asked to consider Brexit delay letter to EU

Andrew Cummings
October 8, 2019

On Friday, the court heard that the Advocate General, the government's top legal officer in Scotland, had given assurances that Johnson would fully comply with the Benn Act, the first time the government had publicly acknowledged that Johnson would be required to ask for a Brexit delay.

With the clock ticking down to Britain's due departure on October 31, however, Johnson has consistently said he would not ask for a delay and that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than seek any further extension.

"That being the government's clearly stated position before the court, there is no need for coercive orders against it or against the prime minister to be pronounced".

A Scottish court has rejected an attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to order Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's departure from the European Union, saying the government has already promised to abide by a law ordering it to do just that.


Johnson has insisted Britain will leave the bloc, with or without a deal on October 31.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said after meeting Johnson's Brexit envoy Stephen Barclay on Monday that "important questions still remain".

"It respects the peace process in Northern Ireland, it ensures there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland". "Unless they move towards accepting a genuine backstop to cover all of Northern Ireland in all aspects and with no limitations, I see no chance for a deal".

However, Northern Ireland would leave the EU's customs area along with the rest of the United Kingdom and the province's institutions would have the power to remain in or to exit the regulatory zone - possibly a step too far for Ireland and the EU. Both sides have agreed there must be no checks or infrastructure along the border between European Union member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland.


- Irish premier Leo Varadkar gave a glimmer of hope to Mr Johnson as he said a deal could be secured in the next two weeks, but cautioned the current proposals do not form the basis for "deeper negotiations".

Brussels on Thursday said it needed Britain to present a viable proposal for the post-Brexit UK-Irish border, rather than "untried" arrangements that could be subject to cancellation.

The EU says that risks tying its hands while at the same time not providing any workable solution to keep the border open.


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