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The EU will SCRAP October 31 Brexit deadline to quash Boris Johnson’s momentum, says Gordon Brown

The EU will SCRAP October 31 Brexit deadline to quash Boris Johnson’s momentum after his pledge to take Britain out of the EU ‘do or die’, says Gordon Brown

  • Gordon Brown says the EU will withdraw the October 31 deadline next week
  • He says deadline was introduced for French President Macron ‘to sound tough’ 
  • Mr Brown said Mr Macron is now not opposed to extending the Brexit deadline

European leaders are now prepared to scrap the October 31 Brexit deadline, according to Gordon Brown.

The former prime minister yesterday claimed that French president Emmanuel Macron is no longer opposed to extending the deadline for the UK leaving the EU.

He said: ‘I believe that next week the European Union will withdraw the October 31 deadline and remove the excuse that Boris Johnson has and the claim that he’s making that it’s the EU that is being inflexible.’

Former PM Gordon Brown said: ‘The Government has two arguments that they want to get across – that it’s a sovereign people against a non-sovereign Parliament, and it’s Britain against Europe. ‘Pull the rug from under that by saying it’s not Europe that’s being inflexible, it’s up to Britain now – the deadline can be removed’

Mr Brown added that he hopes an attempt in the House of Commons to pass a law preventing a No Deal Brexit is successful. 

Speaking as he launched a new pro-Union think- tank in Edinburgh, the former Labour leader said: ‘It was Macron that introduced this October 31 deadline. He persuaded the rest of the European Council to impose it and Britain agreed to it.

‘My information is that Macron no longer holds to that deadline.

‘It was really introduced for his campaign in the European elections to make him sound tough. And none of the other European Commissioners will hold to that October 31 deadline.

‘The Government has two arguments that they want to get across – that it’s a sovereign people against a non-sovereign Parliament, and it’s Britain against Europe.

‘Pull the rug from under that by saying it’s not Europe that’s being inflexible, it’s up to Britain now – the deadline can be removed.

‘If that happened next week it would help us win a vote in the Commons and put the pressure back on the Government.’

The former prime minister yesterday claimed that French president Emmanuel Macron (pictured above at a G7 summit last week) is no longer opposed to extending the deadline for the UK leaving the EU

The former prime minister yesterday claimed that French president Emmanuel Macron (pictured above at a G7 summit last week) is no longer opposed to extending the deadline for the UK leaving the EU

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