When a day is too long in politics … Brexit News (Updated with British Press Review)
No 10 has announced that a five-week suspension parliament will begin tonight, as Boris Johnson’s flies back from his first official meeting with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar in Dublin, the Independent reports.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s government has suffered another humiliating Commons defeat, as MPs ordered the release of internal communications between the prime minister’s top advisers over the decision to suspend parliament.
The emergency motion – passed by 311 to 302 votes – means the government will also be forced to publish its no-deal planning documents under Operation Yellowhammer.
Mr Johnson is also reportedly ready to send a second letter to the EU – alongside the request for a three-month delay required of him – explaining he does not actually want any delay after 31 October. Labour figures branded the plan “illegal” and “monumentally ridiculous”.
Earlier John Bercow has announced that he will step down as Speaker of the House of Commons on the day that Britain is due to leave the European Union. Mr Bercow told MPs in a personal statement that he would not contest his Buckingham seat at the next election.
In the meantime the BBC reports that Boris Johnson said that ano-deal Brexit would be a failure that both the British and Irish governments would be responsible for, Boris Johnson has said.
The prime minister was in Dublin for his first meeting with Irish PM Leo Varadkar since he entered Number 10. The government has confirmed Parliament will be suspended later after a vote on holding an early general election. Opposition parties will not back the vote, meaning there will be no election in October as the PM had hoped.
Boris Johnson meanwhile lost his second attempt to trigger an early general election in his sixth humiliating Commons defeat since becoming prime minister.
MPs voted by 293 to 47 in favour of the motion, but Mr Johnson failed in reaching the required threshold to trigger an election.
This is how the British media reported the main events of the day:
Via BBC / The Times / RTE / Independent