Brexit minister Barclay reveals the ONE thing Boris is doing that'll INFURIATE Brexiteers



16.10.2019 09:39

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Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed that Boris Johnson will seek a further delay, if a deal has not been reached by Saturday. Speaking at the Exiting the European Union Committee this morning, Mr Barclay said the Government will comply with the Benn Act and ask for an extension until January 31, 2020. He also confirmed the Government’s commitment to leaving the bloc with a deal at the end of the month.

Mr Barclay said: “We are committed to leaving on the 31st of October.“We think the best way of doing that is with a deal… that is why the team are involved in intensive negotiations.”When asked if the Goverment will request a Brexit delay, Mr Barclay said: “As the Prime Minister has repeatedly set out that firstly the Government will comply with the law and secondly it will comply with undertakings given to the court in respect of the law.”Hilary Benn, the Labour MP who proposed the Benn Bill and is chairing today's committee, asked: "The undertaking given to the court was that subject to section 1.5 in the event that neither the conditions set out in 1.1 and 1.2 are satisfied, he will send a letter in the form set out in the schedule."Can you confirm to the committee as the secretary of state that in those circumstances he will send the letter?"

Mr Barclay responded: “I confirm that the Government will abide by what is set out in that letter.”BBC's Laura Kuenssberg has said the interesting point to emerge from this exchange is what else the Government could be planning.She Tweeted: "The really interesting thing might be what ELSE they do...if there is no deal by Friday night but still the chance of one, huge choice for Johnson - up stumps and try everything to get into election and attempts to stick to deadline? Or find a way to persuade MPs to give more time."In response, Sky's Kate McCann said Remain MPs could allow Mr Johnson more time to secure a deal, if he asks for an extension. JUST IN: Remainers David Lammy, Vince Cable and Dominic Grieve 'go rogue' - rush to secret EU talks

The Brexit secretary was also asked to clarify how the Prime Minister plans to leave on October 31 and also send a letter asking for an extension.In response, he said “we will cross that bridge in due course” and said a deal would avoid the need to extend. He acknowledged that a deal has to be passed in UK Parliament. Mr Barclay said the Government is “confident” it can deliver the legislation needed to confirm a deal by October 31 because Parliament has shown it can act swiftly when it wants to.


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