Brexit: No 10 tells Tusk there's 'no prospect of deal' unless withdrawal agreement reopened – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenDiane Abbott: free movement plan worse than WindrushAnalysis: what’s in new bid to remove backstop? 2.41pm BST I’m back, and No 10 has responded to Donald Tusk’s statement rejecting...

Brexit: No 10 tells Tusk there's 'no prospect of deal' unless withdrawal agreement reopened – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

I’m back, and No 10 has responded to Donald Tusk’s statement rejecting Boris Johnson’s proposal for the backstop. A Downing Street spokesman said:

We are deeply invested in the peace, prosperity and security of Northern Ireland and always will be and we have been clear that we will never place infrastructure, checks, or controls at the border.

But it is clear that unless the withdrawal agreement is reopened and the backstop abolished there is no prospect of a deal. It has already been rejected three times by MPs and is simply unviable as a solution, as the PM’s letter makes clear.

The latest from Boris Johnson, which does not exactly move things on:

The referendum result must be respected.

We will leave the EU on 31st October. #LeaveOct31

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