Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘to request delay from EU’ if no deal

Will Johnson break his “do or die” pledge?

Boris Johnson will break his “do or die” pledge by seeking a delay to Brexit if he fails to secure a new agreement with Brussels by 19 October, a Scottish court has heard. Government documents submitted to the Court of Session said the prime minister will send a letter asking for an extension to Article 50 – despite Mr Johnson’s repeated insistence that he will never delay Brexit.

The revelation emerged as part of a new legal challenge in Scotland’s highest court, where anti-Brexit petitioners are seeking an order to force the prime minister to comply with the so-called Benn Act, which requires him to ask for a delay if he has not secured a deal with Brussels.

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