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8th September 2019, 23:49

Number 10 Downing Street confirms intention is to prorogue Parliament at the end of Monday's proceedings

Number 10 Downing Street has confirmed that the intention is to prorogue Parliament at the end of today's proceedings. On Monday afternoon Boris Johnson is again expected to ask Parliament to grant him an October election -- but looks set to be denied his wish.

The Prime Minister insists he’ll take Britain out of the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal, despite the Bill against a new deal having been passed.

Meanwhile, the Speaker, John Bercow of the House of Commons has announced he will stand down on October 31, unless elections take place earlier with Gibraltar supporter, Deputy Speaker Sir Lyndsay Hoyle who has confirmed he will stand.

The prorogation of Parliament means that there will be no Parliament business until October the 14th - leaving just over a fortnight for MPs to scrutinise Brexit plans before the scheduled exit date of the 31st. Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, described this as 'disgraceful'.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to reject an offer for a further extension to Article 50 this week, and is also expected to put forward another motion today to hold a general election in mid-October.

There has been speculation as to whether the Prime Minister would legally be able to get around this, partly fuelled by a tweet by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, in which he said he fully supports the Prime Minister but also that they had spoken about the importance of the rule of law.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson met with Irish Premier, Leo Varadkar, today; they issued a statement saying "common ground" had been established in some areas, but that "significant gaps" remain. On the Irish backstop, Mr Varadkar said they would not accept a "promise" in place of a legal guarantee, adding no backstop is no deal as far as Ireland is concerned.

Over the weekend, work and pensions minister Amber Rudd became the latest MP to resign in protest at the Government's Brexit stance. Her resignation follows that of the Prime Minister's own brother last week, and the expulsion of 21 MPs from the party.

Meanwhile, despite the pound having risen as a no-deal Brexit began to look less likely, accounting organisation KPMG has predicted the UK would plunge into a recession should the UK still crash out of the EU with no deal in place.