As U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed he’d rather die than delay Brexit, the nation’s merger watchdogs were quietly gathering information on a few key transactions they thought they’d have to vet if Britain crashed out of the European Union (EU) on Halloween.

But on Tuesday, with Brexit on hold and plans for a December general election taking shape in London, the CEO of the nation’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) hinted at a modicum of frustration over another false alarm as he spoke at a Brussels antitrust conference.

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