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Saturday 17 August 2019

Boris to delay UK election until after October 31

Boris Johnson's most senior aide, Dominic Cummings, has told Tory members that Johnson will bring Britain out of the EU by October 31, even if pro-Remain Tories succeed in forcing a general election.

Addressing Tory workers on Thursday, Cummings insisted Johnson expected the EU to completely "abolish" the backstop - the insurance plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland - in order to come to a new agreement setting out terms for the UK's departure.

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Cummings' remarks, reported in the pro-Brexit Sunday Telegraph, also suggest that the British PM was buoyed by polling last week showing that should he hold an election after a no-deal exit, Tories would have a seven-point lead over Labour and would neuter the Brexit Party.

Cummings believes that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has missed his opportunity to secure an election before October 31.

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