British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for a Brexit delay if no divorce deal has been agreed by Oct. 19, according to government papers submitted to a Scottish court.
Anti-Brexit campaigners began legal action in Scottish courts on Friday to order him to comply with the Benn Act or have judges write to the EU on his behalf asking for the extension. The “Benn Act” requires to delay Britain’s departure from the EU if it was not agreed a withdrawal treaty in the next two weeks. The new Brexit proposals unveiled by Boris Johnson have already provoked a wave of scepticism, both at Westminster and across the EU. The proposals involved new plans to get around the so-far intractable issue of the Irish “backstop” designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The new proposals would see Northern Ireland (a part of the U.K.) stay in the European single market for goods but leave the customs union. Johnson presented the proposals to a fractious U.K. Parliament on Thursday, telling the lower chamber that they were a compromise that achieved a deal and honored the referendum result. a majority of lawmakers want a deal and they have blocked Johnson from taking the U.K. out of the EU without a deal on October 31. It’s not guaranteed the EU will agree to another delay.