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Boris Johnson has finished a brief speech to the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers. He only appeared for ten minutes – perhaps understandably his schedule is under particular pressure today. MPs were not briefed on the details of the negotiations. He did not offer odds on a successful outcome. Again that is understandable given that they are evidently unresolved.

The Prime Minister announced:

“We’re on the Hillary Step going strong for the summit but it is shrouded in cloud.”

Johnson did state that any new deal would enable the UK to do negotiate independent trade deals and to decided on our own regulations. He said he is working as hard as possible and whatever happens the UK will leave on the 31 October. Crucially MPs were not told the detail of the deal.

There was also a joke comparing the negotiations to the tunnel in the Shawshank Redemption.

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