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Brexit: All the latest updates
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow
DAILYNEWS British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is entangled in a major parliamentary showdown over his bid to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by an October 31 deadline, with or without a deal.
Rebel and opposition MPs last week voted in favour of a bill that could force the prime minister to request a Brexit delay until January 31, 2020.
Reacting to the move, Johnson immediately pushed for a snap general election on October 15, arguing MPs had voted to "scupper any serious negotiations" with the EU. His bid for a new poll was blocked by legislators, however.
The unfolding Brexit drama comes as the controversial suspension of parliament comes into effect on Monday until mid-October.
Here are all the latest updates:

Monday, September 9

'Backstop must be abolished'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson believes the Irish backstop must be abolished from the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and set out possible solutions when he met his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar earlier, his spokesman said.
"The backstop needs to be abolished. What the PM was setting out today were some potential solutions as we go forwards. We want to work with the EU on getting a deal," the spokesman said, adding that "there is a large amount of work still to do".

UK speaker John Bercow to step down

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said he will step down by the end of next month after a decade in the job.
Bercow told legislators if parliament votes in favour of an early election, he will quit before the campaign. If they do not he will quit on October 31 - the day Britain is set to leave the European Union. He added he would quit both as speaker and as a member of parliament.
Bercow has angered the Conservative government by repeatedly allowing MPs to seize control of parliament's agenda to steer the course of Brexit. He said he was simply fulfilling his role of letting parliament have its say.
The Conservatives had said they would run against Bercow in the next national election, breaking a convention that the speaker be elected unopposed.

Queen Elizabeth approves law seeking to block October 31 no-deal

Britain's Queen Elizabeth gave final approval to a piece of legislation that seeks to prevent Boris Johnson from taking the country out of the EU without an exit deal on October 31.
The step, known as royal assent, is effectively a rubber-stamp from the monarch for the law that passed through parliament last week despite opposition from the government.
The royal assent was announced in parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords.

PM says he's 'undaunted' by parliament's bid to block 'no-deal'

Boris Johnson said he was undaunted by an attempt by legislators to block a no-deal Brexit, setting up a showdown with parliament after it passed legislation demanding that he delay Brexit unless he strikes a new agreement.
"I'm absolutely undaunted by whatever may take place in parliament," Johnson said in Dublin.
"We must get Brexit done because the UK must come out on October 31, or else I fear that permanent damage will be done to confidence in our democracy in the UK," he added.
It was unclear what Johnson's next move would be: the law will oblige him to seek a delay unless he can strike a new deal, but EU leaders have repeatedly said they have received no specific proposals from Britain.

'Strange state of affairs'

Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from London, said Johnson's positive attitude was not shared with his Irish counterpart at their joint news conference in Dublin. Johnson met Ireland's Leo Varadkar at noon.
"The Irish position absolutely maintains that they have to have an insurance policy - known as "the backstop" - to organise the border, and movement of goods and people until another solution can be found," Lee said.
He added that one of Johnson's ministers, Amber Rudd, resigned on the weekend as she received a single piece of paper after requesting information on the prime minister's alternative proposals to the Brexit deal.
"Boris Johnson says he has many ideas over the issue, but he does not tell anyone what they are," Lee said.
"If the Johnson camp actually does have ideas, and he is not sharing them not just only with the media, but not with his cabinet ministers either, this is a strange set of affairs."

UK parliament's suspension 'to begin' late on Monday

The month-long suspension of the British parliament ordered by Boris Johnson in an apparent bid to stop MPs from blocking his Brexit strategy will begin late on Monday, his spokesman said.
"Parliament will be prorogued at close of business today," the spokesman said, using the parliamentary term for the suspension.
He added it would take place regardless of the outcome of a government-led vote on holding a snap election next month.

An Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar with the British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson as he signs the Visitors Book in Government Buildings this morning.

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An Taoiseach @LeoVaradkar with the British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson as they begin their tête-à-tête in Government Buildings.

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Johnson: I want to find a Brexit deal

Johnson said he wanted to find a Brexit deal with the EU, but also stressed that his country should come out of the bloc on October 31.
Speaking at a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Johnson added that no deal was still an option.
"I have looked carefully at no-deal - of course we could do it and get through it, but it would be a failure of statecraft," he said.
Johnson said: ''For the sake of business, of farmers and for millions of ordinary people who are now counting on us to use our imagination and creativity to get this done, I want you to know I would overwhelmingly prefer to find an agreement.''
He added: "A deal can be done by October 18, let's do it together."

Varadkar: No backstop is no deal

Ireland's Leo Varadkar said that the EU had not received from Britain any alternatives to the so-called backstop provision in the Brexit divorce deal.
"We haven't received such proposals to date," Varadkar said, talking to reporters with Johnson in Dublin.
"No backstop is no deal," he added, noting the meeting between the pair was "an opportunity to see where there might be common ground."
The backstop is a provision in the withdrawal agreement Johnson's predecessor Theresa May struck with Brussels to keep the Irish border open regardless of the outcome of Britain's future relationship with the EU.
British PM Johnson meets Irish Taoiseach Varadkar in Dublin
Boris Johnson shakes hands with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar during his visit to Dublin

Johnson seeks snap poll again as Brexit delay bill to become law

Johnson will try for a second time to call a snap election, but is set to be thwarted once more by opposition MPs who want to ensure he cannot take Britain out of the EU without a divorce agreement.
With no majority in parliament, which is determined to prevent what many businesses fear would be a calamitous way to quit the EU, Johnson was seeking a fresh poll in a bid to win a mandate for keeping his promise of exiting the EU by October 31, with or without a deal.
Any new election would require the support of two-thirds of MPs, but opposition parties have said they will not agree to such a vote until a 'no-deal' exit is ruled out.

UK parliament to ask for emergency Brexit debate on Monday - ITV

British opposition MPs are due to request an emergency debate in parliament to try and force the government to publish a no-deal Brexit planning document and make Johnson adhere to law, an ITV correspondent said.
The correspondent said on Twitter he understood the MPs had agreed to their action late on Sunday. Al Jazeera could not immediately confirm that.
Opposition MPs are increasingly concerned that Johnson will try to ignore a bill, due to be signed into law on Monday, to force him to request a Brexit delay if parliament has not agreed to a deal or to leave the EU without an agreement by October 19.
They are keen to see a document detailing the government's impact assessment of a so-called no-deal Brexit. 

Sunday, September 8

Irish PM does not expect Brexit deal at pre-EU summit

The most likely venue for an agreement on an orderly Brexit is an EU summit over October 17-18, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, dismissing any expectations of progress in his Monday meeting with Boris Johnson.
"I don't think the meeting tomorrow is a high-stakes meeting in that I don't anticipate a big breakthrough," Varadkar said ahead of the meeting with his British counterpart.
"If we come to an agreement that will happen most likely in October at the EU summit," he added.

French FM says 'no' to Brexit delay in current circumstances

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian rejected the prospect of any further delay to Britain's exit from the EU amid ongoing political chaos in the UK.

"In the current circumstances, it's no! ... We are not going to go through this every three months," Le Drian said on the Le Grand Rendez-vous Europe1/CNEWS/Les Echos programme.
"The (British) say that they want to put forward other solutions, alternative arrangements so that they can leave ... But we have not seen them and so it is 'no'," he added. "They have to tell us what they want."
All 28 EU member states must approve any further delay to Brexit.
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