Boris Johnson will bow to the law and send a letter requesting a delay to Brexit if he fails to pass a deal by Saturday’s deadline, a cabinet minister has said for the first time.

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, ended weeks of defiance by No 10, admitting the government “will comply” with the commitment it gave to a Scottish court last month.

“I confirm that the government will abide by what it set out in that letter,” he told a committee of MPs.

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Boris Johnson government admits for first time he will ask EU for Brexit delay if deal fails
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