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(CNN) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson distanced himself from a legally required request for an extension of Brexit, emphasizing the European Union that sent the letter at the request of Parliament, as reported by the British media and the news agency Reuters
The local press reported on Saturday that the prime minister had a senior diplomat send a photocopy not signed by him of the parliamentarians' call to the European Union to delay Britain's withdrawal from the block. In a second note to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the prime minister said that an extension of brexit would be "deeply corrosive."
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When CNN asked him if the UK prime minister had signed the letter requesting an extension of brexit, a Downing Street spokesman did not confirm, but said: "I will not guide you away from what you said."
The move came after a defiant Prime Minister told the Commons that he will not negotiate a new extension of Brexit with the European Union.
Saturday was a day of intense political drama in London, when parliamentarians voted to delay the ratification of the agreement until Parliament has passed the complex set of laws needed to enact it.
Johnson was forced to request an extension of the Brexit process to the European Union until the end of January, a result he has promised to avoid since he became prime minister in July.
"I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, and the law does not oblige me to do so either," Johnson told lawmakers in the House of Commons. "An additional delay will be bad for this country."
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn criticized Johnson from the other side of the House of Commons. "The prime minister must now comply with the law," he said. "He can no longer use the threat of a collapse without agreement to blackmail parliamentarians to support his sales agreement."