European Union open to Brexit discussions but prepared for no-deal: Spokeswoman

Brexit: Labour MP Jack Dromey says Parliament is ‘determined’ to block no-deal – but doesn’t yet know how

She admitted that if there was no deal, then that is when she and Mr Johnson "get into choppy water", but added: "His argument is you've got to have everything on the table in order to have a negotiation, I want those negotiations to succeed".

At the moment, with both sides digging in, they do not look promising.

However, he said, they failed to muster the numbers as pro-EU Conservative rebels were cancelled out by pro-Brexit Labour rebels who voted with the Government.

It came as Mr Johnson announced a further £1.8 billion boost for the NHS in the latest of a series of announcements seen to to be preparing the ground for an early election. The Government should also take these forward as it produces its own proposals.

Not necessarily. Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), the Commons has 14 days in which to pass a motion of confidence in either Mr Johnson's administration or a new alternative government.

The possibility of a general election to unlock the Brexit process hangs in the air. "Yeah, we're talking across party, including with the Liberal Democrats, we are talking to people who have a shared view which is a no-deal Brexit is catastrophic".

The prime minister recently pledged nearly €2.3 billion-worth of funding for no-deal preparations.

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However, that would provoke an almighty political storm, potentially dragging the Queen into a constitutional crisis, as well as raising the prospect of a legal challenge.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care speak with staff members during a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Britain, Aug 5, 2019. "There are quite a number of colleagues who, I think, share my very considerable concern about no-deal, which is something which has never been put to the people as an option".

But the government's own spending watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility, has warned that a no-deal Brexit, which would see the United Kingdom leave the 28-member bloc without any alternative trade or legislative measures in place, would plunge the nation into recession.

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday that the NHS will receive a welcome cash injection of £1.8 billion, the Local Government Association (LGA) has voiced its concerns that a sustainable health service can not exist without a sustainable social care system.

Will Tanner, a former adviser to Theresa May, has told LBC it's welcome that Brussels is now focusing on a no-deal outcome.

However, his kudos as the man who delivered the European Union referendum for Leave may just be enough to see him through.

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