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Jeremy Corbyn to meet party leaders to discuss averting no-deal Brexit – live updates

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s return home after G7 9.48am BST Opposition leaders are flexing their political muscles ahead of the meeting in Mr Corbyn’s office. The Labour leader says crashing out of the bloc after Halloween would put the UK at the mercy of US corporations looking for NHS contracts. A no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit.

It will put us at the mercy of the big US corporations desperate to get their teeth into our NHS, sound the death knell for our steel industry and strip back our food standards and animal welfare protections. also says MPs need to pass emergency legislation before the crunch European Council meeting mid-October…. which is when No 10 think a new deal will happen if it’s going to (usual caveats that there’s a high chance it won’t). MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate on Mondays to Thursdays during sitting time under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.If the Speaker has given the MP leave they will have three minutes to make a speech after question time and any urgent questions or ministerial statements. The Speaker then decides whether to submit the application to the House. 9.27am BST Good morning and welcome to the Guardian politics live blog. I am deputising for Andrew today – hoping to be the Rebecca Long-Bailey of the live blogging scene while he takes some well-earned time off. Boris Johnson is back in Downing Street after a weekend in the south of France at the G7, but the big story in Westminster on Tuesday will be a meeting between opposition leaders hoping to stop a no-deal Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn is expected to host Caroline Lucas, Anna Soubry, Jo Swinson, Ian Blackford and Liz Saville Roberts in his office around noon to discuss how parliament might stop the UK crashing out of the European Union after the October 31 deadline. Conservative MPs who oppose a no-deal Brexit are not expected to attend. Liberal Democrats: Their first choice would be legislation to extend article 50 then call a second referendum. If this did not work the party would support the no-confidence motion, but rather than installing Corbyn, the Lib Dems would seek a cross-party government led by a backbench grandee, such as Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman. It is not clear if the party would try to block a temporary Corbyn government.We want an injection of democracy so the people can decide our country’s future. That could come either by Johnson having the courage of his convictions to test his no-deal plans in a Final Say referendum or through a general election. In that election, Labour would offer a referendum, with a credible Leave option as well as the option to Remain. Labour believes the decision on how to resolve the Brexit crisis must now go back to the people to have legitimacy. But we won’t rule out other options, such as passing legislation, that could stop this no-deal disaster in its tracks. I’ll discuss all these options with the leaders of other opposition parties on Tuesday. I hope we can come to a good working arrangement and bring on board others across parliament who see the danger of a no-deal crash out. Related: Brexit: shutting down parliament ‘gravest abuse of power in living memory’ Continue reading…

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