UK Brexit minister: Not aware of 'second letter' plan to thwart EU exit delay

October 18, 2019

Brexit minister Steve Barclay said on Wednesday he was not aware of any government plan to send a second letter to the European Union that would undermine a request to delay Brexit.

Under a law passed by parliament last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required to write a letter to Brussels requesting a Brexit delay if an exit deal has not been approved by Oct. 19. Johnson has said he will not delay Brexit.


Asked about media reports the government could send a second, contradictory, letter to Brussels to avoid a delay, Barclay told a parliamentary committee: "I am not aware of any such plan."


Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan for Reuters

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