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Brexit: Boris Johnson plans emergency Saturday sitting of parliament on 19 October after EU summit – live news

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 1.42pm BST Jeremy Corbyn has said the opposition might try to legislate again to ensure that Boris Johnson complies with the Benn Act requiring him to request a Brexit extension in the event of no deal. Responding to the news that Johnson intends to hold a sitting of parliament on Saturday 19 October, Corbyn said:The prime minister has an opportunity on the 19th to announce that he has obeyed the law, signed the letter, and sent it off to Brussels to ask for the extension which will give us time to work out a sensible relationship with Europe. The idea that the prime minister will break the law yet again is something that needs to be borne in mind, here. A caretaker government would be one appointed on the basis that the government has collapsed and the leader of the opposition is invited to form an administration. When this government collapses I will accept that invitation and form an administration solely for the purposes of preventing a crash-out. Related: Labour pledges to create 70,000 more jobs in offshore windfarms 1.30pm BST And this is what Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach (PM), told the Irish parliament about the anonymous briefing from Number 10 criticising him. He said:To be honest, I don’t want to give much response to anonymous briefings of that nature. I don’t think much of an anonymous briefing whether they come from Downing Street or if they come from my own ranks, quite frankly. Continue reading…

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