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

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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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