Boris Johnson will delay Brexit if he fails to strike a deal with Brussels, a court heard yesterday. The Prime Minister is ready to execute a screeching U-turn and keep the UK in the EU after October 31, according to Government papers. Extending Britain’s membership would deal a fresh hammer blow to the Tory leader’s trustworthiness after he spent months insisting we would leave on Halloween, “do or die”. But court documents revealed he is poised to comply with the law and ask for an extension if he cannot agree a new pact with EU chiefs. Downing Street refused to comment but claimed the UK would be leaving the EU on October 31. In submissions to Scotland’s Highest Court the government said that Johnson accepted that he was obliged to send a letter to the EU asking for a delay. The legal action – led by businessman Vince Dale, SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC and Jolyon Maugham QC – will ask the court to require Mr Johnson to seek an extension to avoid leaving the EU without a deal. Aidan O’Neill QC, who is representing the trio, told the court that submissions from the government revealed the prime minister “will… Read full this story
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