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UK: 'I don't want a delay' – Johnson to press on as EU decides on Brexit extension

United Kingdom, London
October 23, 2019 at 17:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government would press on preparations for leaving the EU by October 31, on Wednesday during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, while he waits for the European Union to respond to the Brexit extension request he sent.

"Alas, we cannot now know what the EU will do in response to the request from Parliament - I stress it wasn't my request, but a request from Parliament - to ask to ask for a delay. We are awaiting, Mr. Speaker, their reaction to Parliament's request for a delay," he said. "I think it would still be very much in the best interests of this country and of democracy to get Brexit done by October the 31st."

He added, "I don't think the people of this country want a delay. I don't want a delay. I intend to press on. But I'm afraid we now have to see what our EU friends will decide on our behalf. And that is the result of the decision that he took last night."

British Home Secretary Priti Patel also commented on the lorry containing 39 bodies, which was found in Essex on Wednesday, saying, "The vehicle is believed to be from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead, north Whales, one of the main ports of ferries from Ireland on the 19th of October. Essex police, Mr. Speaker, have now launched a murder investigation. A 25 year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody as inquiries will now continue."

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government would press on preparations for leaving the EU by October 31, on Wednesday during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, while he waits for the European Union to respond to the Brexit extension request he sent.

"Alas, we cannot now know what the EU will do in response to the request from Parliament - I stress it wasn't my request, but a request from Parliament - to ask to ask for a delay. We are awaiting, Mr. Speaker, their reaction to Parliament's request for a delay," he said. "I think it would still be very much in the best interests of this country and of democracy to get Brexit done by October the 31st."

He added, "I don't think the people of this country want a delay. I don't want a delay. I intend to press on. But I'm afraid we now have to see what our EU friends will decide on our behalf. And that is the result of the decision that he took last night."

British Home Secretary Priti Patel also commented on the lorry containing 39 bodies, which was found in Essex on Wednesday, saying, "The vehicle is believed to be from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead, north Whales, one of the main ports of ferries from Ireland on the 19th of October. Essex police, Mr. Speaker, have now launched a murder investigation. A 25 year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody as inquiries will now continue."

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