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Brexit: PM sends EU unsigned request seeking Brexit delay – BBC News

Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit – but without his signature.

The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which says he believes that a delay would be a mistake.

The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote.

EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request.

He did not provide details of its content, but added that he will now consult EU leaders “on how to react”.

Hours after losing a crunch vote in a historic Saturday session in the House of Commons, the prime minister ordered a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the call by MPs set out in the so-called Benn Act, passed last month.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson agrees new Brexit deal with EU – BBC News

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared earlier today that he’d struck a new Brexit agreement with the European Union — ‘a great new deal’ in his words that ‘takes back control’. But crucially the deal still needs the approval of both the UK and European parliaments.

And at Westminster, there is uncertainty about the likelihood of MPs giving their approval when they meet in emergency session on Saturday. Northern Ireland’s DUP, whose support Boris Johnson needs, has already rejected it. And Labour says this deal is much worse for the UK than the one negotiated by Theresa May.

Huw Edwards presents the BBC News at Ten live from Brussels and hears from the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy, economics editor Faisal Islam and deputy political editor John Pienaar.

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BREAKING NEWS: Boris Johnson on new Brexit deal

Prime Minister reacts to the new Brexit deal negotiated between the UK and the European Commission ahead of a special sitting of Parliament on Saturday.

He added: “Now is the moment for us to get Brexit done and then, together, to work on building our future partnership, which I think can be incredibly positive both for the UK and for the EU.”

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BREAKING NEWS: British-operated oil tankers seized by Iran

Tehran have seized two shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and the Foreign Secretary says he is “extremely concerned”.

Jeremy Hunt added: “These seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region.”

Iranian state television said it was seized because the tankers ‘failed to observe international maritime regulations’.

Sky’s foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes described the situation as British officials’ worst nightmare for an outgoing Theresa May.

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Parliament to vote again on Brexit – BBC News

The British government has confirmed that parliament will vote on Brexit again on Friday, but only on one part of the deal reached with the European Union.
Members of parliament will vote on the withdrawal agreement including the Irish ‘backstop’, divorce bill and citizens’ rights.

But it will not amount to a third ‘meaningful vote’ on the deal, as it will not include a vote on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Meanwhile the British Chambers of Commerce said MPs need to stop “chasing rainbows” when it comes to resolving the Brexit impasse. At their annual conference, they said the Brexit uncertainty is already doing “real world damage” to the UK economy.

The 29th March was meant to be the day that Britain left the European Union. The BBC has been talking to voters in Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset, where like the UK as a whole, they voted 52 to 48 in favour of Leaving.

Part of the BBC News at Ten’s Brexit coverage.

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So Much News, So Little Time – Theresa May, Jussie Smollett & The Bagel Butcher | The Daily Show

Brexit talks grow increasingly chaotic, a bizarre new development drops in the Jussie Smollett drama, and an unconventional bagel eater takes heat.

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May updates Parliament on Brexit negotiations after EU summit – watch live

Theresa May has told MPs she does not have enough support to win a third meaningful vote on her Brexit deal.
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Brexit extension: ‘We are at the moment of decision’ – BBC News

EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March.

The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week.

Speaking to reporters, Prime Minister Theresa May said she would now be working hard on her return to the UK to get the deal through.

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BREAKING NEWS: Theresa May’s Brexit deal is rejected

The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal has been rejected for a second time after MPs voted against her proposed agreement.

MPs voted 391 to 242 against Theresa May’s agreement.

Mrs May says MPs must choose between revoking article 50, holding a second referendum, or #Brexit with a different deal.

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