DEFIANT Boris Johnson has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than delay leaving the EU.
Here’s the latest on what’s happening with Brexit in Parliament and MPs preparing to reject a fresh call for an early election.
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What’s happening today?
The government is expected to be defeated later today when it asks MPs again to agree to a snap election.
Meanwhile legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit is expected to receive Royal Assent today.
Parliament could be suspended until October 14 starting today, but this could happen as late as Thursday this week.
Johnson has met with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who has told Johnson a new Brexit deal IS possible after the PM arrived in Dublin for crunch talks.
Boris was given a boost as the pair held their first face-to-face meeting since he became PM in July.
Varadkar said the PM had a “herculean” task on his hands but was “looking forward” to their Brexit talks today.
MPs today will also debate a petition, which has been signed by 1.7million people, aiming to stop the prorogation of Parliament.
In a speech in Wakefield, Mr Johnson said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than grovel to Brussels for an extension to Brexit.
The PM told reporters staying in the EU was “totally pointless” and said staying in was costing the taxpayer “a billion pounds a month”.
Boris was also grilled over the resignation of his Tory MP brother Jo and admitted that Brexit was an issue that “divided families”.
The PM added that Remainer Jo had been a “fantastic” MP who believed the government had the “right priorities when dealing with issues that effect British people.”
It comes after a week of high drama in which 21 rebel Tories defied Boris Johnson to join with opposition parties to take control of the House of Commons agenda.
In an unprecedented show of strength, the PM swiftly ordered the whip be removed from the list of high-profile MPs – including Sir Nicholas Soames, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.
What did Boris Johnson say about a General Election?
Boris Johnson said any move to block a No Deal Brexit would weaken his hand in attempting to negotiate an agreement with Brussels.
If MPs backed a bill that would force him to seek an extension to our leaving date if there was no deal, then he would seek a general election.
After they did just that, the Prime Minister followed suit with a motion seeking the two-thirds majority needed to go to the polls on October 1
But 298 MPs backed him – far short of 434 MPs he needed to get it through.
Earlier in the week, addressing the nation outside Number 10 on Monday, September 2, the Prime Minister insisted: “I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election.”
He said that if MPs voted to block the option of a No Deal Brexit they would “plainly chop the legs out from under the UK position” when he is negotiating.
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The vote was lost after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to abstain in the knowledge this would prevent Boris getting the two thirds majority he needed.
That prompted a furious Mr Johnson brand Corbyn “chicken” saying he was “the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation of an election”.
Labour’s mass abstention last night came despite Mr Corbyn and other senior figures in his party having called for a general election as soon as possible more than 15 times so far — in this year alone.
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