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There are no loopholes in the bill to stop no deal, and the government knows it

The ruses being briefed to the press will fail but that is the point

By Raphael Hogarth  

Dominic Grieve has claimed the government is sitting on the report. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Boris Johnson’s “do or die” pledge to pull the UK out of the EU on 31st October is taking him to ever stranger places. Parliament has now legislated to stop the prime minister pursuing that course unless MPs approve it, but the government trundles on undeterred. When de facto deputy prime minister Michael Gove was asked a week ago whether the government would obey such a rebel law to stop no deal, he…

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