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UK PM holds emergency Brexit talks, fuelling election rumours

Johnson's promise to take the country out of the European Union on October 31 with or without a divorce deal has propelled the United Kingdom towards a constitutional crisis and a battle with the 27 other members of the bloc.

Labour Party legislator Hilary Benn tweeted the text Monday afternoon.

The PM said he was "encouraged by the progress we are making" in talks with Brussels on a new deal, but said moves by MPs to block no deal or extend Brexit would weaken the UK's negotiating stance.

Johnson stoked controversy and protests Saturday across Britain after announcing Wednesday he had instructed Queen Elizabeth II to suspend parliament in the final weeks before Brexit. "We're leaving the 31st of October, no ifs or buts".

Khan commemorated the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II on Sunday in Gdansk, where Germany carried out one of its first attacks on Poland, and Monday in Warsaw, where he paid tribute at a memorial to Jews who fought and died in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

He added: "We must come together to stop no-deal - this week could be our last chance".

"Any Conservative MP (member of parliament) who does this will have the whip withdrawn and will not stand as Conservative candidates in an election", the source said.

When May resigned, Johnson said he would enforce the will of voters with or without a deal.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell attend a Labour rally ahead of a shadow cabinet meeting on September 02, 2019 in Salford, England.

Mr Corbyn, however, will say the battle to stop a no-deal Brexit is not a struggle between those who want to leave the European Union and those who want to stay.

Corbyn offered few details Monday on how exactly Parliament might approach the legislation created to stop departure from the European Union without a deal.

He says that Labour is "working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink".

Barnier insisted the agreement's most contentious element, a so-called backstop mechanism to keep the Northern Irish border open in all post-Brexit circumstances, was "the maximum amount of flexibility that the European Union can offer".

"Johnson government is becoming an elective dictatorship", he said on Twitter.

However, former Labour prime minister Tony Blair warned Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to avoid what he cast as the election "elephant trap" that Johnson had laid for Labour.

"In modern history, there's never been a more important moment for politicians to put country before tribe and national interest before self-interest", Blair said in remarks at the Institute for Government on Monday.

He was speaking outside Downing Street on the eve of a major showdown with the House of Commons, as a cross-party group of MPs seeks to change the law to potentially delay Brexit until January 31, 2020. With 59 days before the withdrawal date, and a lengthy parliamentary suspension in the middle, this week is crunch time.

Johnson, the face of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, has cast rebels as European Union "collaborators" who are undermining the government's negotiating hand in seeking a withdrawal agreement by blunting his threat of a no-deal Brexit.

Questioned on Sunday about what the government would do if attempts in Parliament by the opposition were successful to prevent the United Kingdom exiting the European Union without a deal, Michael Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr: "You're asking me about a pig in a poke and I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward".

Lawmakers are returning from their summer recess this week for a brief session that promises to be a dramatic week in British politics.



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