October 16, 2019 / 10:29 AM / 9 months ago

UK Brexit minister: Not aware of 'second letter' plan to thwart EU exit delay

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Steve Barclay speaks during the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain, September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit minister Steve Barclay said on Wednesday he was not aware of any government plan to send a second letter to the European Union that would undermine a request to delay Brexit.

Under a law passed by parliament last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is required to write a letter to Brussels requesting a Brexit delay if an exit deal has not been approved by Oct. 19. Johnson has said he will not delay Brexit.

Asked about media reports the government could send a second, contradictory, letter to Brussels to avoid a delay, Barclay told a parliamentary committee: “I am not aware of any such plan.”

Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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