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BREXIT: Johnson causes stir, sends conflicting letters to EU

Boris Johnson loses support from within his own party over plans to suspend parliament

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson may have caused some kind of confusion when he sent an unsigned letter to the European Union late on Saturday seeking a delay to Britain’s impending October 3, departure from the bloc, as required by British law.

Johnson, however, followed that letter with another signed letter indicating that he does not favour another Brexit extension forcing European leaders to decide on making a decision on whether they would be granting a new Brexit delay in the coming days.

Meanwhile, there is growing confidence that Johnson has the numbers to pass his Brexit deal through Parliament.

Despite the fact that Boris Johnson suffered a humiliating defeat in the House of Commons on Saturday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was confident the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on October 31.

According to Dominic, the UK Parliament could not muzzle the prime minister and that many people in the EU were deeply uncomfortable about further delay.

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“He has got that deal. We seem to have the numbers in the House of Commons. Why hasn’t Parliament pushed this through? That is what we are going to do next week,” he told the BBC.

Conservative Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove echoed Dominic’s enthusiasm.

He said; “We are going to leave by October 31, we have the means and the ability to do so,” Gove told Sky News on Sunday.

“That letter was sent because Parliament required it to be sent … but Parliament can’t change the prime minister’s mind, Parliament can’t change the government’s policy or determination.”

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