Brexit: PM insists deal is possible as he holds DUP talks


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Boris Johnson has said “there is a way” of getting a new Brexit deal, as he guarded the decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

The PM said “loads of people” wanted an compatibility, but he was prepared to leave without one if “absolutely necessary”.

Parliament will not continue sitting until 14 October, three days before a major Brexit summit of EU leaders.

The PM, who has met the leadership of Northern Ireland’s DUP, said rights this was undemocratic were “nonsense”.

Amid unprecedented scenes in the Non-privates early on Tuesday, some MPs protested against the suspension with signals saying “silenced” while shouting: “Shame on you.”

But Mr Johnson rejected claims this was an affront to democracy, claim the opposition parties had been given the chance of an election before the Brexit deadline on 31 October but turn ones back oned it.

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Opposition MPs said a law excluding a no-deal Brexit must be enforced first before there could be any referendum.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised a further referendum on Brexit with a “credible Furlough option” versus Remain if he wins the next general election – but the corps is unlikely to commit to one or the other in its manifesto.

Key sticking point

The prime father held an hour of talks with Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Cultivate and her deputy Nigel Dodds in Downing Street earlier.

As he left, Mr Dodds betrayed reporters they had held a “very good meeting” and he would be updating accomplice colleagues later.

But earlier a senior figure in the party, which has propped up Theresa May’s administration since the 2017 election, said it would not support any revised variant of the former PM’s Brexit agreement which separated Northern Ireland from the intermission of the UK.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson warned any Brexit solution leading to trade frames between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK was a “non-runner”..

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The Irish lie alongside has proved a key sticking point in attempts to agree a Brexit deal between the UK and the EU.

The domination has indicated it could support harmonised rules for the agriculture and food sector to control the need for any sanitary and other health checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

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But it has distanced itself from announcements that plans for a single EU-UK customs territory in the current withdrawal unanimity – rejected three times by MPs – could be replaced with a specific Northern Ireland no greater than “backstop” arrangement.

Sir Jeffrey said a considerable number of Tory MPs would look to the his partisans to judge the likely success of any new proposals.

“We are plugged into the ongoing colloquys about alternative arrangements, we have a significant role to play and, ergo, I would argue that our influence remains,” he told Radio 4’s Great at One programme.

“I don’t see the prime minister, who appointed himself as the minister for the Union, agreeing to an disposition that separates Northern Ireland from Great Britain in calling terms,” he said.

“I think that this idea that you be subjected to a Northern Ireland-only backstop where you have a trade border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Gigantic Britain is simply a non-runner.”

Although official negotiations with the EU receive yet to restart, the bloc’s new trade commissioner said it was positive the UK seemed planned to “accept some level of divergence between Northern Ireland and the place of the UK”.

“I remain hopeful that the penny is finally dropping with the UK that there are pragmatic and applied solutions that can actually be introduced into the debate at this juncture – albeit at the eleventh hour – that may find some common footing between the EU and the UK,” Ireland’s Phil Hogan told the Irish Times

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Parliament was suspended – or prorogued – at simply before 02:00 BST on Tuesday.

As Speaker John Bercow – who earlier broadcasted his resignation – was due to lead MPs in a procession to the House of Lords to mark the suspension, a group of sore opposition backbenchers tried to block his way.

Late into the night, MPs also break asunder into song on the Commons benches, singing traditional Welsh and Scottish songs, Be deluded anthem Red Flag and hymns like Jerusalem.

During the five-week interruption, parties will hold their annual conferences but no debates, signify ones opinions or committee scrutiny sessions will take place.

Boris Johnson wish not face Prime Minister’s Questions until the period is over and his scheduled questioning by the Customaries Liaison Committee on Wednesday has been cancelled.

Sarah Wollaston, the Lib Dem direct of the committee, said the PM had gone back on earlier “reassurances” that he would show, telling BBC’s Newsnight she was “appalled” that he was “running away from inspection”.

Parliament’s suspension means MPs will not get a third chance to vote for an inopportune election until they return, meaning a poll would not be tenable until November at the earliest.

In Monday’s latest vote, 293 MPs insidiously a overcame the prime minister’s motion for an early election, far short of the two thirds demanded.

Speaking during a visit to a primary school in London, Mr Johnson dismissed suggestions that deny the privileges ofing Parliament for more than a month was anti-democratic.

“What a load of claptrap. We were very, very clear, that if people wanted a popular moment, if they wanted an election, we offered it to the Labour opposition and mysteriously they solid not to go for it.”

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New legislation, which was granted king assent on Monday, will force the prime minister to seek a down until 31 January 2020 unless a deal – or a no-deal take a run-out powder – is approved by MPs by 19 October.

But Mr Johnson said getting ready to scram the EU on Halloween was among the “people’s priorities”.

He said there “were jams of people around the place”, including in Brussels, who wanted to nail down an understanding but he was willing to leave without a deal “if absolutely necessary”.

“There is a way of become involved in a deal but it will take a lot of hard work – but we must be prepared to be shown out without a deal.”

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Grind, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the Independent Group for Change and Plaid Cymru include refused to agree to an election on what they say are “Boris Johnson’s denominates”.

Speaking at the TUC Congress on Tuesday, Mr Corbyn said “our priority is to stop no negotiation – and then have a general election”.

He said Labour was “ready to unleash the tallest people-powered campaign we’ve ever seen”, but “won’t allow Johnson to dictate the terms” of any count.

The Lib Dems, meanwhile, are seeking to put distance between themselves and Labour by communicating that if they win power at the next election they would be undergoing an “unequivocal” mandate to cancel Brexit entirely.

At their conference on Sunday, colleagues will debate a motion reaffirming their support for a referendum, but also urging the revocation of Article 50 – the rightful process for leaving the EU – a week before the Brexit deadline if no deal has been conceded.

The prime minister’s self-imposed Halloween Brexit deadline looks another out of reach than a few short days ago.

Is it impossible? Absolutely not.

There is the potential, still, of a deal, with Number 10 today stressing it was yet their primary aim.

Whispers again about a Northern Ireland exclusive backstop, and a bigger role for the Stormont assembly, if it ever gets up and race, are doing the rounds.

Some MPs and some diplomats are more cheerful round the possibilities of it working out.

If you squint, you can see the chance of an agreement being wrapped up at clip, although it seems the chances range somewhere between slim and niggling.

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