"In a second, personal letter Johnson sent to European Union leaders Saturday evening, he wrote, 'I remain confident that we will complete the [Brexit] process by 31 October'".
Preparations for a no deal Brexit have been ramped up after the Commons vote forcing Boris Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension, Michael Gove has disclosed. BBC quoted No 10 as saying that the PM sent "Parliament's letter" to Brussels - unsigned - and accompanied it with a second letter - which was signed - explaining why the PM believed a delay would be a mistake.
On Sunday, the cabinet minister in charge of Brexit preparations, Michael Gove, said the government had "the means and ability" to leave on October 31.
Johnson has negotiated a new deal after replacing former premier Theresa May and brought his deal back to parliament after replacing the problematic "backstop" clause of the previous agreement.
"We have the means and the ability to do so", Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal Brexit preparations, told Sky News.
If not, they will next gather in November suggesting that, regardless of any deal, Brexit could not take place until after the October 31 deadline that Johnson has pledged to meet.
But British politicians have not been able to agree how to do it, prompting three failed votes on a Brexit deal, two delays of the original deadline, one snap election, and the fall of two prime ministers so far.
"The Irish government position has always been that an extension is preferable to a no-deal and I don't think that will change, but this has to be a decision that is a collective decision by the European Council", the Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, told Irish broadcaster RTE on Saturday.
Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union late Saturday seeking a delay to Britain's impending October 31 departure from the bloc, as required by British law, to January 31, 2020.
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The British government will introduce legislation next week to implement the divorce deal, with a first vote as soon as Tuesday. Tusk said he had received the request for an extension, and European Union ambassadors met and took note of the request.
"People weren't just misled, they were lied to", he said.
The expectation is that Bercow will not permit such a vote given that the deal was debated by MPs on Saturday, and a backbench amendment attached, putting off final approval until the legislation surrounding the plan is agreed. Oliver Letwin has said, and he was one of the authors of the motions on Saturday, he's said he will now vote for a deal.
"Both of them supported by 28 governments. I will support it, I will vote for it", Letwin told BBC television.
Lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment that called for the legislation around the withdrawal deal to be approved first.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Labour Party warned that Johnson could be in contempt of Parliament and possibly even the courts with his latest actions.
"[Mr Johnson] can no longer use the threat of a no-deal crash-out to blackmail MPs to support his sell-out deal", the Labour leader said after the vote.
While Johnson insists on sticking to the October 31 Brexit deadline, lawmakers are trying to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which economists say would wreak damage on the United Kingdom economy.
Scotland's highest court is due to consider on Monday a legal challenge that had sought to force Johnson to comply with the Benn Act.
Despite the stinging rebuke in Parliament on Saturday, the prime minister returns there Monday to keep drumming up support for his Brexit proposal, which was approved Thursday by European Union leaders.