October 20, 2019 / 9:25 AM / a month ago

Labour's Starmer: Johnson should have sent one letter to EU

FILE PHOTO: Labour Party's Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit Keir Starmer speaks to the media as he leaves the BBC Headquarters after appearing on The Andrew Marr show in London, Britain, September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was behaving in a childish way by sending two letters to the European Union, one requesting a delay to Brexit and one saying he did not want an extension.

Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer the party would put forward amendments to Johnson’s Brexit deal legislation, particularly aimed at closing the “trap door” to no deal Brexit at the end of a transition period in December 2020. He also said an election was inevitable.

“He is being childlike. The law is very clear he should have signed one letter ... If we crash out, because of what he has done with the letters, in 11 days time without a deal he bears personal responsibility for that,” Starmer told BBC television.

Asked if it would end up in court, Starmer said: “I am sure there will be court proceedings.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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