Brexit: Boris Johnson to chair cabinet this afternoon – as speculation about early election intensifies – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to PM’s threat to remove whip from Tory MPs who vote against him on Brexit

These are from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.

#PoliticsLive is back! Cabinet is being called for this afternoon and PM will be speaking to Tory MPs too

Just what could they be discussing? I understand real possibility now Johnson might put a motion down to ask MPs to vote for an election this week BUT still no final decision – more on #PoliticsLive in a mo

This would happen if the rebels pass the law – not of course if they lose!

The vice president of the European Parliament has said she thinks it is unlikely that there will be a new Brexit deal at the next European council summit on 17 October.

Mairead McGuinness said that the EU would not succumb to threats from the UK and that Boris Johnson’s approach “to take back control in a more boisterous way” than Theresa May was not the way to “yield results”.

I don’t see why [the EU would compromise] because, if you look at what that would involve, it would be mean that the democratically elected leaders of Europe would yield to a very unhelpful pressure that the British prime minister is heaping upon them, almost threatening that ‘look we are going either way and you are going to have to deal with us’.

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