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PM couldn’t find a working pen, says Number 10

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson has spent an agonising weekend trying to sign his Brexit extension letter to the EU but failed to complete the task when he could not find a working pen.

Legislation, known as the Benn Act, stipulated that Johnson must sign a pre-drafted letter requesting a Brexit extension if parliament had not accepted his revised deal by 11pm on Saturday.

With parliament keen to support Johnson in his bid to make history by not winning a single parliamentary vote during his short residency in Downing Street, MPs delayed the deal, triggering both the Benn Act and a frantic search for a working pen.

"Dominic kept handing Boris pens with no ink in them or broken nibs," a close aide to the prime minister confirmed.

"We have hundreds of pens dotted around Number 10, but we couldn't find a single one that was working. 

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"It's not as if the PM thinks he's above the law; he just couldn't find a functioning pen to actually sign the extension letter with."

Number 10 eventually conceded that the letter would have to be sent to Brussels unsigned.

Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's senior political advisor, was spotted leaving Number 10 on Sunday night with his hands and arms covered in blue and black ink.

Cummings told reporters, "We have ordered more pens from Amazon, but even with Prime selected, the earliest they will arrive is Friday the 1st of November." 

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