Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

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A spokesman for the Taoiseach confirmed that Boris Johnson was invited and said the pair will meeting “in the coming weeks” – but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. They added that “the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiation”. But Mr Johnson will be looking to convince him against such a position, having repeatedly demanded for the backstop to be scraped.

The spokesman said: “The Taoiseach has invited the British Prime Minister to Dublin for talks on Northern Ireland and Brexit.

“Their offices are in contact to agree a date for these talks in the coming weeks.

“Such a meeting would give both sides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their respective positions.

“As has repeatedly been made clear, the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop are not up for renegotiation.

“Any discussions on changes to the Political Declaration would occur between the UK and the EU.”


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Boris Johnson has said he will meet with Leo Varadkar (Image: Getty)

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Boris Johnson could face a Commons rebellion over his no deal Brexit stance (Image: Getty)

1.40pm update: Brexiteers take on Project Fear

Brexit chiefs will tackle no deal Brexit myths and destroy scaremongerers as Michael Gove launches a denial unit aimed at providing responses to media lies.

The new unit could issue tweets and directly communicate with stakeholders and businesses through factual blogs to counter incorrect news stories. Cabinet Office civil servants will run the new unit which will ensure businesses will not be affected by fake news.

12.38pm update: Poll indicates slump in Tory support

A YouGov poll of more than 1,200 voters in 20 constituencies with narrow Tory majorities and where the Lib Dems came second in the 2017 vote, shows a 14.1 percent slump in Tory support. 

The poll revealed a swing of more than eight percent to the Lib Dems since the 2017 election.

Peter Kellner, past president of YouGove, said: “This shows that in the battleground seats Johnson’s hard line on Brexit is far from a deal-sealer in an election.”

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Sajid Javid has proposed issuing a new Brexit 50p coin (Image: Getty)

12.15pm update: Economist predicts Britain’s economy will surge

Ruth Lea, a leading economic, has savaged claims the UK is heading for a recession – and said that a no deal Brexit would actually spark an economic boost.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, she predicted a surprise return to growth in the lead-up to Britain’s Brexit deadline.

Ms Lea told host and economic editor Ed Conway: “It does not feel like a recession is coming to me.”

The economist added that if businesses start stockpiling goods, the third quarter might be “boosted by that”.

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Lord Heseltine has criticised the Government for its increased Brexit spending (Image: Sky news)

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Boris Johnson has said he will meet with Leo Varadkar (Image: PA)

11.10am update: No 10 allies warn Supreme Court ‘hasn’t got the time’ to block a no deal

Boris Johnson’s senior allies have said there isn’t enough time for the Supreme Court to block the UK from leaving the EU without a deal.

Campaigner Gina Miller had vowed to challenge Brexit through the court system but No. 10 aides believe there is not enough time for this to be pulled off.

10.30am update: Boris agrees to meet with Irish leader 

Boris Johnson has accepted an offter to meet with Irish leader Leo Varadkar to discuss Brexit and the Northern Irish backstop.

A UK Government source told the Sunday Telegraph: “The UK has accepted Varadkar’s offer to meet and dates are being discussed.”

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The Treasury has increase Brexit funds (Image: Express)

10.20am update: Gordon Brown warns no deal Brexit is pushing the UK towards ‘oblivion’

The former Labour prime minister has warned that under Boris Johnson’s leadership, the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is “sleepwalking into oblivion”.

Writing in the Observer, Mr Brown blamed “destructive, nationalist ideology” and said the ideal of Britishness as tolerant “could not survive” a no deal Brexit.

He said: “We are, at best, only a precariously united kingdom.”

Mr Brown added that the Government needs to emphasise “the importance of solidarity across borders and reciprocity between nations”, to prevent the union from splitting.

He warned that: “Four nationalisms can never add up to one UK.”

10.11am update: Lord Heseltine has criticised Johnson’s Brexit spending 

Lord Heseltine has criticised the Government for pursuing a policy of “economic irresponsibility”.

The former depity prime minister told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “The Government is thrashing money about the place like there is no tomorrow… it is a policy of economic irresponsibility.” 

He went on to slam Boris Johnson’s “preposterous” no deal Brexit stance, saying there is no parliamentary majority for such a move. 

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Gina Miller has vowed to challenge Brexit through the court system (Image: Getty)

9.47am update: Treasury plans to issue new Brexit 50p coin

Chancellor Sajid Javid has proposed issuing millions of 50p Brexit coins in a statement of intent that the Treasury is fully behind Brexit.

The coins are to be minted in time to mark Britain’s departure from the EU, accoridng to reports.

They will carry the words “Friendship with all nations” but be stamped with the new departure date of 31 October 2019.

9.40am update: MPs plot to prevent a no deal Brexit

Boris Johnson could be set to face a Commons rebellion as MPs from across the political spectrum are plotting to prevent the Prime Minister from pulling the UK out of the EU without a deal.

A “rebel alliance” of MPs are said to be plotting a series of measures to prevent Mr Johnson from leaving the EU without a deal, after the Prime Minister appeared to ramp up threats about leaving the bloc whatever the cost on October 31.

As a result, MPs fearful of crashing out without a deal have began preparations to prevent it from happening.

Some measures being considered include: emergency legislation, a no-confidence vote and court cases.

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