Rolling updates on today’s political developments as prime minister plans to ram his deal through parliament by Thursday

  • Donald Tusk: EU likely to grant extension request
  • Minister says MPs opposing bill are trying to thwart Brexit
  • Withdrawal bill: what does Johnson’s version say?

5.26pm BST

The Irish Mirror is reporting that the Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar is very keen to get Brexit done by 31 October because he has tickets to see Cher on 1 November.

“He has tickets for the pop legend in Dublin’s 3Arena on November 1 and wants to enjoy it properly,” the paper reports.

5.18pm BST

From the Guardian Brussels bureau chief –

What about the almost inevitable offer of 3 months extension that can be shortened upon ratification? This feels like an attempt to blame EU/remain parl for a gen elex… and I dont think it quite works… think be clear that will be Johnson’s call on gen elex. Not anyone else’s https://t.co/VkncY6CU1H

OR it is an attempt to spin away the fact that Boris Johnson is not going to die in a ditch over 31 October… we shall soon see, I suppose

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