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UK Court Rejects Brexit Delay Case

Reuters

A Scottish court on Monday rejected a legal bid to force Boris Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay if he has not struck a deal with the European Union in less than two weeks’ time, saying the British Prime Minister had given assurances he would do so, Reuters reports.

Last month British lawmakers passed legislation, known as the “Benn Act”, which requires Johnson to send a letter to the EU asking for a delay if no divorce agreement has been struck by Oct. 19, to stop what opponents say would be calamitous no-deal Brexit.

With the clock ticking down to Britain’s due departure on Oct. 31, however, Johnson has consistently said he would not ask for a delay and that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than seek any further extension.

But he has also said he would not break the law, which he has dubbed “the surrender act”, without explaining that apparent contradiction.

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