October 28, 2019 / 5:36 PM / 7 months ago

UK PM Johnson accepts EU's Brexit delay: letter

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister leave Downing Street to head for the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed to the European Union his formal acceptance of a Brexit delay but asked the bloc to make clear that there could be no further extension to the divorce beyond Jan. 31.

“I have no discretion under the UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019, which was imposed on this government against its will, to do anything other than confirm the UK’s formal agreement to this extension,” Johnson said in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk.

“This unwanted prolongation of the UK’s membership of the EU is damaging to our democracy,” Johnson said, adding that he was urging EU member states to make clear there could be no further extension after Jan. 31.

Reporting by Michael Holden; writing by Guy Faulconbridge

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