British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed to an EU proposal to delay “Brexit” until January 31. This is stated in the text of the letter distributed by the Prime Minister’s office, sent by Johnson to the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
“As you are aware, under the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU act of 2019, which was imposed on the government against its will, I have no choice but to confirm the formal consent of the United Kingdom to this postponement,” Johnson wrote. He added that the delay only” damages British democracy and London’s relationship with the EU.”
“I would certainly prefer that the Parliament of the United Kingdom quickly ratified the deal we have concluded. I am afraid that Parliament, unfortunately, will never do this, as long as it has the opportunity to ask for new postponements. That is why I am seeking a General election in December to ensure the election of a new Parliament that can resolve the issue before us in accordance with constitutional norms,” the letter reads.
Admitting that it will not be easy for him to get an early election, Johnson asks the EU leadership to “make it clear” that new postponements of “Brexit” will not be possible. He also expressed hope that the situation around “Brexit” will soon be able to break the deadlock and London and Brussels will be able to start negotiations on a free trade agreement.