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Parliament is to be suspended at close of business today

 Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parliament will be prorogued at the close of business on Monday, Downing Street has confirmed.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that while the Government would obey the law Boris Johnson would not be requesting another extension of the Article 50 EU withdrawal process.

"The Prime Minister is not going to seek an extension," the spokesman said.

"If MPs want to resolve this there is an easy way - vote for an election today and let the public decide."

But opposition leaders agreed not to back Boris Johnson's bid to secure a general election, Labour said.

A party spokeswoman said: "Jeremy Corbyn hosted a meeting with opposition party leaders this morning. They agreed to work together today to hold the Government to account in Parliament.

"All leaders agreed that they would not support Boris Johnson's ploy to deny the people their decision by crashing us out of the EU with no deal during a general election campaign."

Mr Corbyn said: "I think it is disgraceful. Parliament should be sitting.

"Parliament should be holding the Government to account.

"And the Prime Minister appears to want to run away from questions."

Mr Johnson has insisted he is committed to securing a new deal with Brussels ahead of Britain's departure from the EU.

In Dublin for talks with Irish premier Leo Varadkar, Mr Johnson said he believed it was possible to secure an agreement ahead of the UK's scheduled withdrawal at the end of October.

However, Mr Varadkar said that while Ireland was open to alternative solutions to the Northern Ireland backstop, they had yet to see any "legally workable" proposals from the UK.

Mr Johnson's insistence he wants to see a deal follows the resignation at the weekend of work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd, who complained she had seen little evidence ministers were trying to find an agreement.

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