Brexit deal hangs in the balance

Late-night Brexit talks have failed to deliver a deal. The Prime Minister is under pressure to deliver a deal in time for today’s crucial EU summit in Brussels

Boris Johnson is trying to get the DUP to support his revised plan for Northern Ireland, but they recently announced that they can not back a proposed deal as it currently stands.

As well as the DUP being a potential stumbling block in the agreement process, there are still waring sides in his own party that Mr. Johnson needs to convince.

Tory rebel Philip Hammond MP said: “Boris Johnson is finding out, as his predecessor did, how difficult it is navigating the different objectives and red lines of the British political scene and the European Union.”

Andrew Bridgen MP stressed the importance of having the DUP onside, he said: “This is a treaty, it won’t be able to be easily undone… I think we need to carry the DUP with us, if we can’t, I think that’s going to be a major problem on Saturday.”

Queen's speech: 'Brexit is a priority' as tougher immigration and crime proposals are unveiled

Boris Johnson reinforced his Brexit stance during Her Majesty's speech.

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  • Boris Johnson's vow to leave the EU by Halloween on October 31st remained a priority
  • Commitment to boost NHS funding
  • Plans to introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system.

Boris Johnson renewed his commitment to delivering Brexit by October 31st, as The Queen unveiled the government's plans in her speech today.

The 93-year-old monarch announced the government's new legislation, which made clear that it's 'priority has always been to secure the UK's departure from the EU on October 31'.

During the opening of Parliament, the Queen said the government was determined to seize the 'opportunities' of cutting ties with the European Union.

The news comes after fears of a deadlock with Brussels, while there has already been a law passed by remain-backing MP's that requires Boris to seek an extension if a deal is not agreed by October 19th.

Boris Johnson faces fresh legal challenge

Scotland’s highest civil court will be asked to force Boris Johnson to write to the EU for a Brexit extension if he fails to secure a new agreement.

Campaigners also want the court of session to fine or imprison the Prime Minister if he pursues a no-deal Brexit and refuses to ask for a delay.

Jolyon Maugham QC, who is one of the petitioners behind the legal action, said: "If the court orders the Prime Minister to send the letter prescribed by Parliament on the October 19th, and the Prime Minister does not send that letter, it is a distinct possibility that the Prime Minister could go to jail."