Brexit: EU should ‘show common sense’ on backstop, says Johnson

Prime minister makes remarks as Downing St refuses to rule out election shortly after 31 October

Boris Johnson has said he hopes the EU will “show common sense” and agree a new Brexit deal, as No 10 refused to rule out scheduling an election in the first days after leaving the EU on 31 October if Johnson loses a confidence motion.

The prime minister said he still hoped to broker a compromise with the EU, days after it was reported Brussels officials now believed the UK was heading full tilt towards crashing out without a deal with no serious efforts being made to renegotiate.

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