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Parliament resumes after summer recess amid Boris Johnson threat to call snap election

A government spokesman has said that it is not just Tory MPs who vote with the opposition on the SO24 motion this evening, enabling the bill designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, who will lose the Tory whip, meaning they should be prevented from standing for the party at the general election; those who abstain will lose the whip too, the spokesman said. He explained:

The prime minister would not expect people who have voted to take power away from this government and to hand it to the opposition, to be a Conservative candidate or a Conservative MP.

Boris Johnson is to visit Dublin to meet Leo Varadkar on Monday, the Irish government has confirmed.

A spokesman said that while Brexit would be on the agenda, the talks would not amount to negotiations on the backstop.

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