MPs ‘checked with EU chiefs over Brexit delay’ before passing bill

MPs prepare for legal battle in case PM attempts to defy law forcing him to ask for extension

Senior MPs opposing a no-deal Brexit sought assurances from the EU their bid for a three-month delay would be granted, it has emerged.

European leaders were sounded out before MPs, including the “rebel alliance”, passed a bill, which is expected to receive royal assent on Monday, forcing Boris Johnson to ask for an extension. However, those involved said there were no guarantees in a process that was changing by the day.

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