Johnson warns Brussels his plan is the ‘final opportunity’ for a deal…

“Boris Johnson was in talks last night to save his Brexit plan after being warned by European leaders that the deal would not be approved at next week’s crunch summit unless he backed down. The prime minister used a round of calls to EU capitals to try to keep his proposals for the Irish border alive, warning President Macron of France that this was the “final opportunity” to strike a deal. Antti Rinne, the Finnish prime minister who holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said after speaking to Mr Johnson that No 10 understood it was in a “big mess”. Arturs Krisjanis Karins, the Latvian prime minister, said that the prospect of a deal by the October 31 deadline was a “long shot”.” – The Times

  • Macron says UK has until end of the week to ‘overhaul’ deal – The Guardian
  • Prime Minister urges Brussels to compromise – FT
  • Threat to veto the next European budget – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: UK ‘further away from achieving a deal’ than when Johnson took over, claims Nandy

…as Barclay hints at further movement…

“The Brexit secretary has hinted that the government could amend its proposal to give the Democratic Unionist party an effective veto over its plan for an alternative to the Irish backstop. With EU leaders not willing to accept the UK’s ideas and talks between the two sides suspended over the weekend when Boris Johnson had been hoping to intensify them, Stephen Barclay said on Sunday that the government would be willing to discuss changes to the mechanism designed to ensure the new arrangements receive political approval in Northern Ireland. He also sounded open to possible further movement on customs, saying the UK was willing to discuss the detail of how its plan might work.” – The Guardian

  • Johnson could give MPs vote on deal before EU summit – The Sun
  • Barclay says talks are underway with Labour MPs – Daily Express

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Barclay – Government’s new Brexit proposals are ‘very serious’

…amidst rumours that Juncker might offer him ‘hope’…

“Jean-Claude Juncker is plotting to cut Boris Johnson an 11th-hour Brexit deal to secure his reputation as the “ultimate political fixer”, insiders claim. The EU chief has told his inner circle that he plans to offer a glimmer of hope to Mr Johnson – despite Brussels blasting his recent Brexit proposals. Mr Juncker will step down on October 31 – the Brexit deadline – and is concerned that any delay could affect his legacy… The PM has urged Brussels to “grasp the opportunity” his new Brexit proposal provides, as he repeated his vow not to delay the UK’s departure from the EU.” – The Sun

  • Whitehall paper drawn up on no-deal dangers for Ireland – The Times
  • CBI criticised for ‘snubbing’ cash aimed at helping with No Deal preparations – Daily Express
  • MPs urged to back ‘export vouchers’ to ease Brexit strain – The Sun

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Jenrick – “This Government has no intention of extending Article 50”

…and that the Government is considering legal challenge to the Benn Act…

Boris Johnson is prepared to launch a legal action in his attempts to ensure Britain can leave the European Union this month with no deal. Several Government sources have told The Daily Telegraph that the Prime Minister is willing to go to the Supreme Court in an effort to avoid having to write a letter asking for a delay to Brexit, as set out in the Benn Act. It raises the possibility that Mr Johnson could give evidence in the court case in an attempt to persuade judges in person against forcing him to ask the EU for a Brexit delay. A senior Government source said it was vital that Mr Johnson was forced to write the letter delaying Brexit rather than agreeing to do so voluntarily.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Barclay ‘refuses three times’ to confirm letter will be written – Daily Mail


  • ‘Rebel alliance’ may seek to force publication of legal advice… – The Times
  • …and Miliband is latest name floated as their candidate for Prime Minister – The Sun


Alex Chalk and Victoria Prentis: We were Remainers, but it’s time to get Brexit done

“Three and a half years ago we both voted Remain in the referendum. But for us it is no longer about whether we were Remainers or not, but whether we are democrats. In the biggest vote in our nation’s history, the people voted to leave the EU. In doing so they instructed politicians to implement their mandate. Three and half years later, that referendum result has not been honoured. It’s time to get Brexit done so we can move on as a country… The truth is we have had hundreds of hours of parliamentary debate, and thousands of column inches written. There is no purpose to further delay; the public want us to get this issue settled.” – Times Red Box

  • The EU should think twice before rejecting Johnson’s proposal – Wolfgang Münchau, FT
  • Without Beeching, there might have been no Brexit – Larry Elliott, The Guardian
  • Time is running out in a crunch week – Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph
  • Delivery, rather than detail, gives Johnson the edge – Sir John Curtice, The Times

>Today: Neil O’Brien MP’s column: Fifty shades of conservatism

Jenrick sparks speculation that the Government might scrap ‘unfair’ inheritance tax

“Inheritance tax is “unfair” because it means people are taxed twice, a Cabinet minister has claimed amid growing speculation that the Government is preparing to scrap the levy. Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, has said that the charge is “particularly unpopular” because parents want to be able to pass on more of their property and savings. His intervention comes after Sajid Javid, the Chancellor, hinted that he was considering scrapping inheritance tax at an event at the Conservative Party conference last week in Manchester… It is forecast that the tax will raise £5.3billion for the Treasury this financial year, accounting for just 0.7 percent of all receipts the government brings in.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Second minister drops hint – The Sun


Davidson ‘ready to lead campaign for the Union’

“Ruth Davidson is set to quit politics after announcing she is “very unlikely” to stand in the next Scottish Parliament election. She stepped down as leader of the Scottish Conservatives in late August, citing personal and political reasons after Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, and plans to remain as an MSP until the Holyrood poll in 2021. She told the Wigtown Book Festival at the weekend that she did not think she would stand again, but said she would be ready to fight for the Union if there is another independence referendum.” – Daily Telegraph

  • ‘£16m typo’ casts doubt on SNP’s competence – FT

Police 1) Officers leading discredited VIP abuse investigation not questioned on key issues

“Senior officers in charge of the discredited investigation into a fictitious Westminster paedophile ring have not been questioned by the police watchdog about how “unlawful” warrants were obtained to search homes of innocent men, a report will reveal today. Detectives involved in Scotland Yard’s Operation Midland will be formally cleared of any misconduct this morning with the publication of a report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The police watchdog is expected to reveal that it has not questioned Steve Rodhouse, a former deputy assistant commissioner who was in charge of the investigation, or the former detective superintendent Kenny McDonald, about the search warrants.” – The Times

  • Ringleaders must be booted out and senior culprits held to account – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun

Police 2) Khan’s ‘Online Hate Crime Hub’ has caught just six people

“London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan’s online police unit brought just six trolls to justice in two years. He championed the Online Hate Crime Hub in a bid to prevent abusive comments. It was given £1.7million in public money — more than £450,000 from the Home Office and the rest from Scotland Yard. Critics blasted it as “the thought police” or “like Big Brother”. But the “Twitter squad” — staffed by five Scotland Yard officers including a senior detective — had a handful of successful prosecutions… London police and crime committee member Susan Hall said it was an “exercise in spin over substance”.” – The Sun

  • Police investigate targeting of Creasy by ‘extreme’ anti-abortion group – The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • For Stewart, the road south was the only one open – Alex Massie, CapX
  • Wildcard can win even if he loses the London mayoralty – Finn McRedmond, Reaction
  • Why Downing Street still hasn’t named a new Bank governor – Martin Vander Weyer, The Spectator
  • Cancel culture is an addiction to power – Meghan Murphy, UnHerd
  • Economic case for a clean break is stronger than ever – Rupert Lowe MEP, Brexit Central