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No 10 says it won’t call Brexit vote this week unless it has ‘prospect of success’ – Politics live

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Here are the main points from the Downing Street lobby briefing.

Exclusive -- No 10 is telling MPs that Olly Robbins will go once they pass her deal. By @nicholascecil and me.

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The European Union needs to know the next move from Westminster, before deciding on a Brexit extension, EU foreign ministers have said.

Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, said the EU was awaiting a clear signal from London:

We are not against an extension in Belgium, but the problem is to do what?

Of course, if it is possible to avoid a no-deal situation it would be better. We are sure that a no-deal would be a lose-lose situation for both sides, but we are prepared.

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Hunt: UK-EU relations ‘could be poisoned’ if Brussels fails to budge

Foreign secretary issues warning amid stalemate over Brexit backstop negotiations

Jeremy Hunt has said relations with the EU will be “poisoned for many years to come” if Brussels fails to budge in the Brexit talks, as the cabinet ministers leading the negotiations put on hold tentative plans to return to the Belgian capital.

Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, and the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, had been expected to resume their haggling on the Irish backstop on Friday.

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Jeremy Hunt vows to step up fight against election cyber-attacks

Foreign secretary to call for global action but say there is no proof of interference in UK

Jeremy Hunt is to promise the government will step up international efforts to prevent overseas cyber-attacks on elections, while insisting the UK has never succumbed to such outside interference.

A number of groups have called for an investigation into allegations that Russia was behind interference before the 2016 EU referendum, and for a wider examination of the role of foreign companies in the campaign.

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Brexit: Hunt concedes Tory MPs could be given free vote on ruling out no deal – Politics live

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Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, has also responded to the recent National Audit Office report criticising reforms to probation services introduced by Grayling when he was justice secretary, the BBC’s Danny Shaw reports.

BREAKING: Former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling's first comments on the probation reforms condemned by @nationalauditUK last week: "They haven't worked as well as we would have wanted".

The Bank of England has criticised the EU - saying the City is ready for a no-deal Brexit, but Europe isn’t, my colleague Graeme Wearden reports. There is more on his business live blog here.


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Brexit: ‘positive signals’ coming from Brussels, says Jeremy Hunt

Foreign secretary says UK could be flexible over how to avoid indefinite backstop

Jeremy Hunt has said the UK is prepared to be flexibleover how to address concerns over the Northern Ireland backstop in an effort to strike a deal with the European Union.

The foreign secretary said Europe’s leaders were giving “positive signals” as Theresa May pushes for concessions in order to get her Brexit deal passed during a Commons vote next week.

Hunt, who has been part of a diplomatic push in European capitals, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “The signals we are getting are reasonably positive. I don’t want to overstate them because I still think there’s a lot of work to do, but I think they do understand that we are being sincere.

“I think that they are beginning to realise that we can get a majority in parliament because they are seeing the signals coming from the people who voted against the deal before who are saying, crucially, that they are prepared to be reasonable about how we get to that position that we can’t legally be trapped in the backstop.”

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