Wednesday 16 October 2019

UK government will comply with Brexit law and is 'cautiously optimistic' of getting a divorce deal by October 31 - cabinet minister

‘Long way to go’: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves No 10 Downing Street yesterday. photo: pa
‘Long way to go’: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves No 10 Downing Street yesterday. photo: pa

THE British government will comply with the law and is "cautiously optimistic" it will achieve a Brexit deal with the European Union by October 31, cabinet minister Alok Sharma said on Friday.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed that Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a divorce deal, but parliament has passed a law to compel him to seek an extension if he has not got an agreement by October 19.

"We are absolutely going to comply with the law, we're working incredibly hard to get a deal but we will be leaving on the 31st of October," Sharma, the international development minister, told BBC radio.

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Reuters

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