Downing Street has confirmed at the morning lobby briefing that parliament will be prorogued at the end of proceedings tonight.

Prorogation is the process that happens when parliament gets suspended at the end of one session of parliament before the start of another, which starts with a new Queens’s speech. It is not the same as parliament being dissolved, which is what happens before a general election.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said his MPs will reject the PM's call for an early general election until a no-deal Brexit is no longer a possibility.

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After meeting with opposition leaders, Mr Blackford said: "It is clear there must be an early election - but it cannot happen while the Tory Government is threatening to subvert the law to force through a catastrophic no-deal Brexit on October 31.

"If Boris Johnson wants an election he must obey the law and take a no-deal Brexit off the table. It is beyond belief that the Prime Minister is disrespecting democracy by seeking to shut down Parliament and railroad through an extreme Brexit against the will of parliament and the people.

"Once the threat of no-deal is off the table, we will move for an early election."
The Lib Dems have confirmed they will vote against the PM's bid to force an early general election.


After attending a meeting with opposition leaders, Brexit spokesman Tom Brake told the PA news agency: "We were absolutely rock solid on rejecting out-of-hand Boris Johnson's attempt to cut and run with a general election.

"There's absolutely no way we will let him do that before he's secured an extension.

"We've put in place all of the counter-measures that we think might be necessary depending on what tricks a

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts has told opposition leaders they must be ready to impeach Boris Johnson if he refuses to ask the EU for an Article 50 extension.

After a meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and others, she said: "I am glad that as opposition parties, we are united in our belief that Boris Johnson's attempt to undermine the rule of law must be stopped.

"If the Prime Minister refuses to seek an extension to the period under Article 50, he will have broken the law - plain and simple - and he must be subject to legal repercussions.

"I told other opposition parties this morning that if he does break the law, we should be ready to impeach Boris Johnson - a procedure that he himself supported in 2004 when current Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price sought to impeach Tony Blair for lying."

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Opposition leaders agreed not to back Boris Johnson's bid to secure a general election, Labour has 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."

nd subterfuge that Boris Johnson may still have to hand or seek to deploy."

Nigel Farage tweeted: "The Boris bravado has disappeared in Dublin, saying No Deal would be a "failure of statecraft". He is now going all out for Mrs May's "deal", with Northern Ireland to be hived off from the rest of the UK. A clean break Brexit is the only way forward."