Opposition parties to reject PM election move (BBC)

  • Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru have agreed not to back the prime minister’s demand for a general election in advance of the EU summit in mid-October.
  • Boris Johnson will accordingly be forced to ask the EU for an extension of the Brexit deadline beyond 31 October if no deal is agreed between the UK and Brussels by 19 October.
  • Mr Johnson has faced multiple challenges over Brexit in the last few weeks, expelled 21 Conservative MPs for rebelling and had his younger brother, Jo Johnson, resign from government.

Bill intended to block no deal to become law after being passed by House of Lords (Guardian)

  • A bill designed to stop Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October in the absence of a withdrawal agreement has passed the House of Lords, and it is due to receive royal assent on Monday, after which it will it come into law.
  • The bill was drafted by an alliance of cross-party MPs and tabled by Hilary Benn. The bill is intended to prevent Boris Johnson from forcing a no-deal Brexit at the end of October.
  • It is unclear how Boris Johnson will react. The deadline stipulated in the bill for requesting a Brexit deal is 19 October and Johnson announced he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than request an article 50 extension.
  • Boris may be able to avoid requesting an extension by managing to get Parliament and the EU to agree on a withdrawal agreement or vote to agree a to a no-deal.

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