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Follow the latest fallout from Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament amid mounting fears about a no-deal Brexit Then and now: what senior Tories say about proroguing parliamentTime to step up tempo of Brexit talks, says bullish Boris Johnson 8.17am BST Ireland’s deputy premier Simon Coveney insisted that any Brexit deal with the UK must be based on the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May. He said: “We want to get a deal that manages a sensible Brexit, that moves us into a transition period that gives us time and space to work out a future relationship.“But that deal has to be based on the Withdrawal Agreement and it has to be consistent with that, and if the UK wants to remove an element of the Withdrawal Agreement they have to acknowledge that that causes problems and they have to propose alternatives that can solve those problems, certainly in the case of the backstop.” 8.09am BST The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has been sent out to the broadcast media to defend the suspension of parliament.He repeated the government’s claim that there is nothing unusual or improper in what the government is doing.
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