In the first Saturday meeting since 1982, UK lawmakers met and formally requested via letter (despite it being 2019 and that being a comically inefficient way to work) that the EU delay its separation of her majesty’s homeland from the bloc for the third time. As you can imagine, Boris Johnson was not thrilled about the letter. In fact, he didn’t even sign it. Weird flex, but ok.
BJ even sent his own letter, presumably signed, to the EU decision-makers urging them not to grant the extension. Again, an email would have sufficed.
Let’s recap, shall we?
PM Johnson and the EU had finally come to an agreement on the country’s plan to separate from the Union late last week. That agreement still needed to be reviewed and approved by the lawmakers but, during the emergency meeting on Saturday, they decided to push back the vote so they would have more time to review (read: change) it.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk said via twitter that the council received the request and would discuss the extension with EU leaders. The UK is stuck in 2002, while Donald Tusk is out here living in 2045.
The bottom line…
The October 31st deadline is fast approaching and the UK’s plan to leave the EU is a mess. Lawmakers and Boris Johnson can’t seem to get on the same page. BJ wants the deal done so that the country can move on and start figuring out how to operate independently.
For what it’s worth it appears that some of the lawmakers who had previously voted against Theresa May’s deal, and an earlier version of Johnson’s plan might be coming around. Maybe.
Bottom line: “Has the UK thought about just ghosting the EU?”