The British government has sent European Union leaders a request to postpone the date of its departure from the bloc, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk said on Saturday.
"The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react," Tusk tweeted, referring to a letter the UK parliament forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to send.
A source in Johnson's office said he had not signed the letter asking the EU to delay Brexit and that he had also sent another saying he does not want to postpone.
Johnson was required by law to send the request after MPs declined to back his Brexit deal on Saturday
He says Britain must leave the European Union on October 31 as planned. (AFP)