Brexit: Crucial day for Boris Johnson and no-deal date — live updates

The UK Parliament will be suspended today following a vote on a snap election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson has confirmed. Johnson has already met his Irish counterpart on another Brexit showdown day.

Following a difficult week in parliament for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Monday is a key day for Brexit developments. Follow our live updates below. The key developments expected are as follows:

  • Parliament is due to be suspended at the close of business Monday until October 14.
  • Johnson is set to make a renewed bid to to force a snap election on October 15. Opposition parties have said they will vote the measure down.
  • Parliament last week raced through a bill to prevent no-deal Brexit which is due to receive “royal assent” from the Queen.

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1220 Liberal Democrat party leader Jo Swinson has confirmed that her party, along with other opposition parties, will “not support an election until Article 50 has been extended.” Article 50 is the formal legal process which triggered Brexit.

Jo Swinson

Tonight, the @LibDems will vote against the PM’s election, which he could use to tip us into a No Deal. We will not support an election until Article 50 has been extended. Other opposition leaders have confirmed the same in cross-party meeting this morning.

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1201 Global stock markets report a six-week high for sterling of $1.2385. This has been put down to investors seeing the threat of a no-deal Brexit easing, with Goldman Sachs raising the probability of a Brexit deal from 45% to 55%.

1150 Confused about how Boris Johnson can suspend parliament, and what proroguing actually means? You can read our explainer here.

1130 A joint statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that some common ground was established, but “significant gaps remain.” The two leaders say they are committed to securing a Brexit agreement with the European Union.

1108 A former Conservative party special adviser, Jason Stein, tells Sky News that polling carried out by Number 10 Downing Street shows that Boris Johnson and his party could fare worse than his predecessor Theresa May did in the last elections if one were called immediately.

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Exc: No10 has seen polling that means if there was an election now, Boris Johnson would do worse than Theresa May, according to Jason Stein, who was a Tory special advisor and Amber Rudd aide until Saturday night

Here’s what he told me for a Sky News interview:

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1101 Incoming President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen announces her chosen commissioners for every EU country. All except for the UK, which did not nominate a candidate, assuming that Brexit will take place on Ctober 31, one day before von der Leyen takes office.

1040 The spokesman says that the prime minister will not sanction any more “pointless delays to Brexit.”

1038 A Downing Street spokesman confirms that the UK Parliament will be prorogued, or suspended, at the close of business Monday. The suspension will last until October 14 and, according to the spokesman, will take place regardless of the outcome of the government-led vote on holding a snap election.

1023 Johnson and Varadkar are out of their meeting. “Give me a ring,” Johnson apprently called out to the Irish prime minister before leaving. Johnson is now on his way back to London.

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Looks from the hubbub outside Govt B that the Varadkar-Johnson meeting has wrapped up after about an hour…

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Quick question shouted by Johnson – good meeting? – met with a noncommittal half-nod. “Give me a ring,” he says to Varadkar, and off he drives

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0925 The Dutch government‛s statistics office revealed data which shows that “that British companies are moving their activities to the Netherlands because of uncertainty about Brexit.” According to the report, foreign businesses are starting to invest less in the UK.

0920 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated in Berlin that he is awaiting a “clear” message on Brexit from the UK parliament. “We remain in principle ready to talk, and we have to be in order to make possible as orderly a withdrawal as possible, but that ultimately requires clear decisions and proposals from London.” Other EU leaders have expressed dissatisfaction with the idea of a further delay to Brexit.