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The UK Parliament has passed a law mandating that the Prime Minister (currently Boris Johnson) must request an extension to the Brexit deadline by October 19th, unless a 'no-deal Brexit' has been approved by the UK Parliament.

However, could he just request a pointlessly short extension (i.e. to November 1st)? Is there anything in the wording of the bill that would prevent this?

  • The title and the body of the question ask opposite things, which makes it unnecessarily hard to understand the current answer. – Peter Taylor Sep 10 at 16:19
  • @PeterTaylor I see your point. Ok, I will edit to make the question more consistent. – Time4Tea Sep 10 at 16:57
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The PM cannot ask for a short extension The legislation itself prevents it.

Under the terms of the bill, Mr Johnson must request an extension to Brexit negotiations to the end of January next year unless he can secure a deal or parliamentary approval for no-deal by 19 October

The commons library has more insights that may be of interest.

The Bill as presented to the Lords contains the following, as far as I know there were no relevant amendments.

The Prime Minister must seek to obtain from the European Council an extension of the period under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union ending at 11.00pm on 31 October 2019 by sending to the President of the European Council a letter in the form set out in the Schedule to this Act requesting an extension of that period to 11.00pm on 31 January 2020

If the European Council decides to agree an extension of the period in Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union ending at 11.00 pm on 31 October 2019 to the period ending at 11.00pm on 31 January 2020, the Prime Minister must, immediately after such a decision is made, notify the President of the European Council that the United Kingdom agrees to the proposed extension.

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    It should be on legislation.gov.uk, but it isn't yet. The best I can find is the bill as introduced into the Lords, but I'm pretty sure they didn't pass any amendments. – Peter Taylor Sep 10 at 16:18
  • @PeterTaylor thanks, added. – Jontia Sep 10 at 16:24

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