Published: Sun, October 06, 2019
World Media | By Camille Neal

Brexit: Deal still possible at European Council summit, says Varadkar

Brexit: Deal still possible at European Council summit, says Varadkar

Boris Johnson will ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if no deal with the European Union is reached by October 19, according to government documents read aloud in a Scottish court.

It comes after Mr Johnson insisted on Friday that he would not delay Brexit despite his lawyers saying he will comply with a law calling for the October 31 exit date to be postponed if there is no deal.

Johnson has not explained the apparent contradiction, with opponents believing he will seek some kind of legal escape route to avoid asking for an extension, or try to pressure the European Union into refusing to agree to such a request. They state that Johnson accepts "he is subject to the public law principle that he can not frustrate its goal or the objective of its provisions".

There is no clear consensus among the parliamentarians about who might succeed Johnson should he be forced from the Prime Minister's office.

The leader of the European Parliaments Brexit steering group said Johnsons plan was “repackaging old, bad ideas”. Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a statement that Johnson's "proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop".

In Brussels, an official dealing with Brexit said: "It is not for us to comment on the UK's internal constitutional arrangements or on legal proceedings". One plan being considered is bypassing the legislation altogether by utilising an Order of [the Privy] Council to suspend the Benn Act until after October 31.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme on Friday, she added: "We're not bringing this case because we think there's any loophole in the Benn Act". People will have to wait to see how this is reconciled.

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"The government is not prevented by the (law) from doing other things that cause no delay, including other communications, private and public", the source said.

Embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday announced a new proposal for governing the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland following the potential withdrawal of Great Britain from the EU.

Britain's Bulldog hit back and took to Twitter and told the 17.4m Brexiteers that there would be no extension to Brexit. "We need substantial movement on the United Kingdom side, especially on customs".

Hours after that address, Tusk announced that he is "still unconvinced" by the proposals and said that the European Union stands "fully behind Ireland" in a phone talk with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The UK prime minister has until now insisted that his Tory government would obey the law, but has been less forthcoming as to how he can keep his promise of no further Brexit delays.

"There is a likelihood that we derive an agent provocateur... which the govt. makes exhaust of as a pretext to acquiring emergency powers", added the aged politician, who as soon as described Leave voters as "Brexit jihadis".

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