Boris Johnson will refuse to delay Brexit even if legally required

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Mr Johnson said he will refuse to extend Brexit until next year (AP)

Boris Johnson has said he will not delay Brexit, even if it is legally required for him to ask for an Article 50 extension.

When asked if he would not seek an extension even if it is set out in law that he must, Mr Johnson said: “I will not. I don’t want a delay.”

The comments come a day after he said he would rather be 'dead in a ditchthan delay the UK's departure from the bloc for a third time.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks out 10 Downing Street to greet the US Vice President Mike Pence, in London, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The Prime Minister lost two key votes in the Commons after MPs voted to block no deal, before then rejecting an early general election.

The legislation to delay Brexit rather than leave without a deal - a bill the Prime Minister said would "scupper negotiations" - passed all stages in the Commons on Wednesday.

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But controversially, the Prime Minister culled 21 Conservative MPs who voted against the whip.

Meanwhile, MPs will return to Parliament for the Queen's speech on October 14.

The Queen agreed for Mr Johnson to suspend Parliament from September 9 to October 14, when she will open a new session (GETTY)

Remain supporting ministers could oust Johnson in a vote of no confidence if he indicates he will refuse to delay Brexit.

But speaking traveling to Scotland to meet the Queen at Balmoral on Friday, a defiant Prime Minister declined to rule out resigning if he failed to deliver Brexit by October 31.

He said: “That is not a hypothesis I'm willing to contemplate. I want us to get this thing done.”