A cabinet minister declines to tell Sky News whether the PM will seek a Brexit delay if a deal is not agreed before the deadline.
A cabinet minister has told Sky News the government has “no plan” if it is blocked from taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October.
Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick declined to say whether the prime minister would seek a delay to Brexit beyond the current deadline if a deal has not been agreed.
Boris Johnson recently revealed his proposals for a new Brexit deal, but they have been met with a cool reception by Brussels.
EU member states have agreed the plans “do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement“, which has raised the prospect of Mr Johnson being forced to extend the Article 50 negotiating period once again – despite having consistently vowed not to do so.
Under legislation passed last month by opposition MPs, the prime minister is compelled to seek a fresh Brexit delay if he fails to secure a deal by 19 October.
Mr Johnson has vowed the UK will be “walking out” of the EU in 25 days without a deal if Brussels does not compromise.
And Mr Jenrick insisted the government still has “no intention” of extending Article 50.