Brexit: Parliament to be prorogued tonight, Downing Street confirms – live news

PM meets Irish counterpart to discuss backstop before returning to London for another attempt to force October election

Back in the public administration committee, Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, said that in the event of a general election, essential government business could continue. That would include the Brexit talks, he said.

Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar have issued a joint statement following their talks in Dublin. Here it is in full.

They said that while “common ground” was established in some areas, “significant gaps” remain between them.

The prime minister and the taoiseach had a positive and constructive meeting in Government Buildings this morning.

This was an essential and timely opportunity for the prime minister and the taoiseach to establish a relationship and a better understanding of each other’s positions.

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