UK Government rejects ‘technical’ Brexit extension beyond 31 October

  • 18:18 30 August 2019

UK Government rejects ‘technical’ Brexit extension beyond 31 October

UK chief negotiator David Frost reportedly sat down with EU officials this week, the beginning of a series of talks which will see him take part in weekly negotiations in Brussels, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

According to the leaked document EU diplomatic note outlined that Mr Frost dismissed the idea of a "technical" extension to negotiations in private conversation.

However, Mr Frost assured the EU officials that changes to the withdrawal agreement would be possible in the second half of October, once parliamentary suspension ends.

The EU also is alleged to have last-minute contingency plans in place for the European Parliament to ratify the agreement if both parties approve.

Boris Johnson has taken the position, even prior to his election to the position of Prime Minister, that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October "do or die", with or without a deal.

The news that the UK government does not plan to extend the negotiations comes as Nigel Farage claims he would be willing to enter into an electoral pact to ensure that the UK leaves the EU by the established deadline.

The PM made trips to Berlin and Paris last week in an attempt to get the Irish backstop in the withdrawal agreement removed, which is designed to prevent a hard border in Ireland.