It is critical to read this with “Yakety Sax” playing in the background:
Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit – but without his signature.
The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which says he believes that a delay would be a mistake.
The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension to the 31 October deadline after losing a Commons vote.
EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request.
He did not provide details of its content, but added that he will now consult EU leaders “on how to react”.
Hours after losing a crunch vote in a historic Saturday session in the House of Commons, the prime minister ordered a senior diplomat to send an unsigned photocopy of the call by MPs set out in the so-called Benn Act, passed last month.
Amazing that a political mastermind like this hasn’t been able to square the “there is no parliamentary majority for any Brexit deal that could actually by made” circle yet.