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Article 50 extension: was Johnson’s “three letters” trick unlawful?

The prime minister requested an extension and the rest is fluff

By Raphael Hogarth  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Boris Johnson says that his top priority in government is to take the UK out of the EU by 31st October. It sometimes feels like that is really his second priority. His top priority is to entertain constitutional lawyers.

On Saturday night, the British government sent three letters to the EU. The first, which was required by the “Benn Act” passed by parliament earlier this year, was a request for an extension of the Article 50 period until the end of January 2020.…

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