Johnson was required by law to send the delay request after MPs refused to back his Brexit deal on Saturday, but has insisted Britain must leave the European Union on October 31 as planned.
The Downing Street source said Johnson had sent a photocopy of the letter contained in the law that requires him to ask for the delay if there is no Brexit deal, but didn’t sign it.
The prime minister has however signed another letter, which makes clear he does not want to delay Brexit beyond the end of this month.
A third letter written by British EU ambassador Tim Barrow explains that the Brexit delay letter is only being sent to comply with the law.In Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed the extension request had arrived but an EU source declined to comment on the details.
“The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react,” Tusk tweeted.Earlier, Johnson said he would tell EU leaders that “further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy”.”I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so,” he told the House of Commons.
Meanwhile , hundreds of thousands of Britons marched through London on Saturday to demand a new Brexit referendum and celebrated as lawmakers in parliament voted to postpone Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The protesters waved EU flags under sunny skies and held placards, while the mood a protesters ranged from anger to despair.
Many railed against political leaders championing Brexit for being elite and out of touch.
Protesters unfurled a 1,100 square metre anti-Brexit banner in support of their demand for a new Brexit referendum.