Text of No. 10, Downing Street, London headed letter addressed to President Tusk from Boris Johnson, covered by two other letters, one a personal letter between both men and the third, a covering letter from Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, explaining the point of the previous letter.
Dear Mr President,
The UK parliament has passed the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019. Its provisions now require Her Majesty’s government to seek an extension of the period provided under article 50(3) of the treaty on European Union, including as applied by article 106a of the Euratom treaty, currently due to expire at 11pm GMT on 31 October 2019, until 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020.
I am writing therefore to inform the European council that the United Kingdom is seeking a further extension to the period provided under article 50(3) of the treaty on European Union, including as applied by article 106a of the Euratom treaty. The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end at 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020. If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the government proposes that the period should be terminated early.
Prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The second letter as i said was more personal, I’ll not post all the boring stuff,it starts off:
It was good to see you again at the European council this week where we agreed the historic new deal to permit the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 31 October.
When I spoke in parliament this morning, I noted the corrosive impact of the long delay in delivering the mandate of the British people from the 2016 referendum. I made clear that, while I believe passionately that both the UK and the EU will benefit from our decision to withdraw and develop a new relationship, that relationship will be founded on our deep respect and affection for our shared culture, civilisation, values and interests.
The third letter - the covering letter from the UK ambassador:
Dear Secretary General,
As the United Kingdom permanent representative to the European Union, I invite your attention to the following matter.
Attached is a letter sent as required by the terms of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No.2) Act 2019.
He is referencing the first letter, the EU had no alternative but to regard this to be from the UK government as represented by it’s Prime Minister.
The personal letter from the PM made reference to the fact that the PM had made clear to Parliament that he thought a further extension was in no-one’s best interest, however he clarified by preceding with While it is open to the European council to accede to the request mandated by parliament or to offer an alternative extension period.
All a load of baloney - just accept the great new deal and get on with it.