Brexit will happen by October 31, British governmentminister Michael Gove said on Sunday, despite lawmakers forcing Prime MinisterBoris Johnson to send a letter on Saturday to the EU requesting a delay.
Parliament thwarted Johnson's attempt to secure backingfor his EU divorce deal on Saturday, withholding their approval in order totrigger a law passed last month to force him to send a letter to the blocasking to push back the deadline to Jan. 31.
The move was designed to remove any risk that Britaincould leave without a deal on October 31.
"We are going to leave by October 31, we havethe means and the ability to do so," Gove, the minister in charge ofno-deal Brexit preparations, told Sky News.
"That letter was sent because parliamentrequired it to be sent (..) but parliament can't change the prime minister'smind, parliament can't change the government's policy or determination."
Johnson sent a letter to the European Unionrequesting a delay as the law required, but he did not sign it and he added anothernote saying he did not want a "deeply corrosive" Brexit extension. Gove said the risk of leavingwithout a deal had grown.