British PM Johnson has prepared plans to legally stop any BREXIT extension, the plan under consideration would see Johnson sending a letter alongside the request to extend Article 50 setting out that the government does not want any delay after 31 October.
PM Boris Johnson is sticking to his BREXIT plan and will not seek a delay to Britain’s departure from the EU at a Summit next month.
After work and pensions minister Amber Rudd’s resignation late Saturday over PM Johnson’s BREXIT policy, officials said the PM is determined to “keep to the plan” to leave the EU by 31 October with or without an agreement.
His determination to leave “do or die” by that date has been shaken by the events of recent days, which have prompted critics to describe him as a tyrant and deepened uncertainty over how Britain’s 2016 vote to leave the EU will play out.
He has lost his Conservative government’s majority in parliament, expelled 21 rebels from the party and failed to force through a new election. Then his brother quit, saying he was torn between family loyalty and the national interest.
Saturday’s resignation of Amber Rudd as work and pensions minister over what she described as the government’s disproportionate focus on preparing for a no-deal BREXIT has heightened the sense of crisis.
Britain’s political crisis geared last week, when Parliament passed legislation to try to force PM Johnson to secure a BREXIT extension if Parliament has not approved either a deal or consented to leaving without agreement by 19 October
Queen Elizabeth is expected to sign it into law Monday, but Mr. Johnson says he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than request such an extension – something that opposition parties say could mean seeing the British Prime Minister breaking the law.
PM Johnson has countered by asking for a new election on 15 October, but opposition parties, led by Labour, said they could not trust him to stick to his word by holding the new poll before Britain is due to leave the EU at the end of the month.
“Until we’ve ruled a no deal off the agenda, I can’t risk, with Boris Johnson being in power, that he wouldn’t somehow impose that on the country,” Labour’s finance policy chief John McDonnell told the press.
“So we can get no deal off the agenda, then I’d like a general election and part of that would be saying let’s have a referendum.“