September 29, 2019 / 9:00 AM / 22 days ago

PM Johnson says he will not resign to avoid asking for Brexit delay

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves the hotel for a radio interview ahead of the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday he would not resign to avoid having to delay Brexit beyond the end of October.

Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal, despite parliament passing a law which would require him to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if lawmakers have not approved a deal. He has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” that request a delay.

Asked in an interview with the BBC if he would resign so that he did not have to ask for a delay, Johnson said: “No, I have undertaken to lead the party and my country at a difficult time and I am going to continue to do that. I believe it is my responsibility to do that.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James

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