Brexit showdown date set: Boris Johnson prepares for Remainer ‘stunt’ to block no deal

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Downing Street is preparing for a September 9 Commons showdown and believes Brussels will not consider offering any concessions before then. Mr Johnson could meet key EU leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron next week ahead of a G7 summit to set out his plan to stick to the October 31 departure date come what may.

But officials do not believe there will be any breakthrough until Brexit battles in the Commons have finished.

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Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to cancel any travel plans they have next month as he ramped up plotting to bring down the government.

The Labour leader wants to force a confidence vote in the government and was widely expected to call it as soon after MPs return to Parliament on September 3.

But potential Tory rebels are unlikely to back the explosive move if they believe there are other ways of stopping no-deal.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott admitted Labour has yet to secure the support it needs.

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Miss Abbott said: “One of the things we have to do is consult with other parties – it’s no good moving a vote of no confidence if the Lib Dems, for instance, are not going to vote for it.”

She added: “We are talking to all of the other parties in Parliament and, if we move for a vote of no confidence, we’ll want to do it with confidence that we can win it.”

Downing Street now believes September 9 is the crucial date for Remainers to pounce.

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Brexit showdown date set: Boris Johnson prepares for Remainer ‘stunt’ to block no deal

Downing Street is preparing for a September 9 Commons showdown and believes Brussels will not consider offering any concessions before then. Mr Johnson could meet key EU leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron next week ahead of a G7 summit to set out his plan to stick to the October 31 departure date come what may.

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