October 21, 2019 / 4:02 PM / 22 days ago

UK's Corbyn mocks PM Johnson for sending Brexit delay letter

Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walks outside the Houses of Parliamet in London, Britain, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party mocked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for sending a letter to ask for a Brexit delay after saying “over and over again” that he would never do it.

Jeremy Corbyn told the House of Commons that Johnson’s request had been handled with “posturing and attempts to distract” but said the letter had now been sent.

“Despite having told the British public over and over again he would never do it, the letter has in fact been sent,” Corbyn said. “The extension allows this House the space to scrutinize the prime minister’s Brexit deal.”

Johnson was mandated by law to send the letter.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Costas Pitas

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