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British PM asked EU leaders for a Brexit delay. He also told them not to grant it

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been forced to ask the European Union for an extension to the Brexit process, an outcome he once notoriously described as worse than being "dead in a ditch."But in an extraordinary development that followed a bruising defeat in Parliament, he simultaneously disowned the request, declaring that the three-month delay would be "corrosive."Johnson was compelled by law to demand the delay after lawmakers withheld approval of his Brexit deal. In a day of intense political drama in London, MPs voted to postpone ratification of the deal until Parliament has passed the complex set of legislation required to enact it.Downing Street demonstrated Johnson's disdain for the process by sending an unsigned ph ...