Johnson under fire over unsigned Brexit extension request to EU

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Boris Johnson has has come under fire after he distanced himself from a legally required request to the EU for a Brexit extension which he refused to sign.

Labour branded the Prime Minister "churlish" and "juvenile" in his attitude as Mr Johnson stressed to Brussels he was only sending the communication at Parliament's bidding.

After suffering an embarrassing defeat in the Commons over his Brexit plans, the Prime Minister got a senior diplomat to send Brussels an unsigned photocopy of the call by MPs to delay withdrawal from the bloc, with a cover note stressing his detachment from the move.

In a second note to European Council president Donald Tusk, the PM said a Brexit extension would be "deeply corrosive".

The stance is likely to spark a fierce political row, and a possible legal challenge.

Labour's shadow Chancellor John McDonnell Tweeted: "Johnson is a Prime Minister who is now treating Parliament and the courts with contempt.

"His juvenile refusal to even sign the letter confirms what we always suspected that Johnson with his arrogant sense of entitlement considers he is above the law and above accountability."

The move came after a defiant Prime Minister told the Commons he will not negotiate a fresh Brexit extension with the EU.

Mr Tusk Tweeted: "The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react. #Brexit"

The move followed a special Saturday sitting of the Commons where MPs voted by 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment withholding approval of his Brexit deal until legislation to implement it is in place.

The amendment tabled by former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin was intended to force him to comply with the so-called Benn Act requiring him to seek a Brexit extension.

Unsigned letter from Boris Johnson to Donald Tusk
Unsigned letter from Boris Johnson to Donald Tusk (UK Government/PA)

The PM rang European leaders, including Mr Tusk, declaring that the letter "is Parliament's letter, not my letter".

Mr Benn tweeted on Saturday: "After all the bluster, the Prime Minister has tonight sent a letter to the EU asking for an extension.

"A bit churlish not to sign it though."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "Today I told the Prime Minister to obey the law and despite his petulant posturing and bluster he finally has – he's asked for an extension."

The development came as the PM wrote to all Tory MPs and peers insisting that he will tell Brussels a further Brexit delay is "not a solution" to the situation.

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A letter written by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to MPs saying he will tell the EU that 'further delay is not a solution' (Downing Street/PA)

In a letter to members of the Tory parliamentary party, the PM said: "I will tell the European Union what I have told the British public for my 88 days as Prime Minister: further delay is not a solution."

He added: "It is quite possible that our friends in the European Union will reject Parliament's request for a further delay (or not take a decision quickly)."

The PM also discussed the situation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday.

Letwin amendment vote
(PA Graphics)

Amid noisy Commons scenes, Mr Johnson insisted that he was not "daunted or dismayed" by the vote result, and remained committed to taking Britain out by October 31.

"I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, neither does the law compel me to do so," he said.

The SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford said that if Mr Johnson acted as if he was "above the law", he would find himself in court.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said: "The most urgent thing right now is the Prime Minister complies with the law."

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Johnson under fire over unsigned Brexit extension request to EU
In this image issued by 10 Downing Street, showing of a letter written by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed to the European Council President Donald Tusk asking the European Union for a delay to Brexit Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. The British government has formally asked the European Union for a delay to Brexit — but also sent a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson arguing against it. Johnson was forced to request a delay after Parliament voted to delay a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal. A law passed last month compelled the government to try to postpone Britain's departure if no deal was agreed by Saturday. (Downing Street via AP)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: A police officer keeps watch over two pro-Brexit activists at Parliament Square as anti-Brexit activists protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Anti-Brexit protesters take part in 'Together for the Final Say' rally on October 19th, 2019, in London, UK. A few days before the Brexit becomes a reality, one of the biggest public protests in British history took place in London. More than a million people participated in mass outside parliament to deliver a message loud and clear to the Government and MPs that they should trust the people, not Boris Johnson, to solve the Brexit crisis. At the Parliament Square, speeches were given from leading cross-party politicians and celebrity voices who support a People's Vote. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: 'Tories Against Brexit' demonstrators hold placards on Piccadilly during the protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Lord Michael Heseltine speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: A pro-Brexit activist with a placard at Parliament Square as anti-Brexit activists protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
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Hilary Benn, Labour Party MP and Chair of the Brexit Select Committee, speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds to questions after he delivered his statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
General view of the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS
Labour MP Jess Phillips speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson responds to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Sir Oliver Letwin MP moving his amendment after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Hilary Benn, Chair of The House of Commons' Brexit Committee, responds to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Sir Oliver Letwin MP listens as Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on the Government's new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
Former Tory MP Dominic Grieve speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Alastair Campbell speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Union Jack flags fly outside the Houses of Parliament where pro and anti-Brexit supporters gathered in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Former prime minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons, London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement on his new Brexit deal.
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Police officers monitor protesters in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A pro-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement to lawmakers inside the House of Commons to update details of his new Brexit deal with EU, in London Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. At a rare weekend sitting of Parliament, Johnson implored legislators to ratify the Brexit deal he struck this week with the other 27 EU leaders. (House of Commons via AP)
Morris dancers take part in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
First morning light strikes the Houses of Parliament in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit protestors march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former PM David Cameron as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Anti-Brexit supporters gather around the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Anti-Brexit supporters carry signs and EU flags during a march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson portrayed as the Joker as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman has the EU flag painted on her cheek as she and other anti-Brexit protestors march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Protesters at an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard rally in Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters in an anti-Brexit, 'Let Us Be Heard' march on Piccadilly in London, as they head to Parliament Square. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Stephen McGann (second left) and Sir Patrick Stewart (centre) join protesters in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters pull a float depicting Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings during an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer responds to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay's statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer responds to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay's statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on the Government's new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, to go to the Houses of Parliament in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
Former justice secretary David Gauke responds to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
General view of the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Labour MP Jess Phillips outside the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
A European Union and an Irish flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street, on his way to the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
(Left to right) DUP MPs Nigel Dodds, Gregory Campbell, and Sammy Wilson listen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
MP Liz Saville-Roberts holds a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement outside the Houses of Parliament in London ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit demonstrators carry placards and EU flags in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit demonstrators carry placards and EU flags in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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The Benn Act set a deadline of 11pm on Saturday for the Prime Minister to get a deal if the UK is to leave on October 31, otherwise he is supposed to seek an extension.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Government was planning to give MPs a fresh chance to have a "meaningful vote" on the deal hammered out by Mr Johnson with Brussels on Monday.

Speaker John Bercow said he would rule on Monday whether it was in order for the Government to hold the vote, after not pressing ahead with it on Saturday following its defeat on the Letwin amendment.

The voting took place as a mass protest converged on central London in a People's Vote campaign march in support of a second referendum.

The Government was consigned to defeat after the 10 MPs of Mr Johnson's erstwhile allies in the DUP joined the other opposition parties in voting for the amendment.

The party is furious about the proposed customs arrangements for Northern Ireland which would see checks on goods coming from the rest of the UK.

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