The EU takes back control – Politics Weekly podcast

As the supreme court grapples with the question of whether Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was justified or not, the EU is still grappling with prime minister’s mystifying position on Brexit.

Now it looks as though the EU’s patience has finally worn thin. On Tuesday, France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, set a two-week deadline to table a plan for replacing the Irish backstop.

So the ball is back in Johnson’s court … but does anyone know what game he’s playing?

Heather Stewart is joined by Polly Toynbee from the Guardian, Ryan Shorthouse from the conservative thinktank Bright Blue and the Labour peer Stewart Wood.

Also this week: party conference season is upon us. We look back at what the Lib Dems had to say in Bournemouth, and forward to this weekend’s Labour conference in Brighton.

Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel. Phootgraph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

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