Hello and welcome to the politics blog, bringing you the latest out of Westminster and Brussels in the wake of Tuesday night’s partial victory in the Commons for Boris Johnson.
Here’s a very brief summary of events to get you started:
- Donald Tusk has said he will recommend the EU 27 leaders accept Johnson’s somewhat reluctant request for a Brexit extension. He made the request as soon as MPs rejected the PM’s three-day timetable to push through his deal.
- Downing Street will have to decide whether to carry through with the PM’s threat to abandon the bill and call for a general election in the event of a lengthy extension. Here is a video of his speech. Note: he dropped the threat after losing the second vote, but No 10 is still making noises about it in the event of an extension until January.
- However, an EU source said that if the bloc was to think again on the length of the extension then Johnson would need to make a second formal request for a shorter delay.
- Jeremy Corbyn has urged the government to agree to an alternative timetable, to allow the legislation to continue to be debated.
I’ll be gently steering us through these choppy news waters during the early hours before handing over to my esteemed and highly entertaining colleagues. As always, you can get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter.
Thanks for reading along, let’s do this.