Parliament will be suspended today as Boris Johnson steps up battle for no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson will suspend Parliament at the end of today, Downing Street has said.

The prime minister will make the controversial move on Monday to prorogue Parliament until October 14.

The prime minister's official spokesman said that while the government would obey the law Mr 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."

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Government Buildings during his visit to Dublin.
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It was reported on Monday that Mr Johnson is considering a loophole to avoid asking the EU for a Brexit delay.

His critics accuse him of silencing MPs who don't want him to take the UK out of the EU without a Brexit deal.

Mr Johnson has long promised that the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal on October 31.

He was warned at the weekend that he could face jail if he does not delay Brexit.

Mr Johnson refused to rule out prorogation throughout his Tory leadership campaign and after he became prime minister.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Ireland, September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Mr Johnson stated his intention at the end of last month to suspend Parliament, but the move had faced challenges in the Commons and the courts.

Last Friday, the High Court ruled that the decision to suspend Parliament was a lawful one.

It dismissed a case brought by businesswoman Gina Miller, who argued the move by Mr Johnson was "an unlawful abuse of power".

The unsuccessful legal fight was backed by former prime minister Sir John Major.

An appeal is expected to be heard at the Supreme Court later this month.

Mr Johnson took the step of proroguing Parliament before MPs were given the chance to vote on his plan to hold an early general election.

He said the poll would be Labour's "last chance" of an early election.

The plan to suspend Parliament for five weeks ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline led to thousands of people protesting on the streets of Britain.

A petition calling for the suspension to be blocked has garnered more than 1.7 million signatures.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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