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.