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Downing Street has a secret plan to keep Brexit on track – but it has only been seen by Boris Johnson and three key advisers, it was claimed last night.
Officials believe they have found a loophole in the law passed by rebel MPs to block No Deal. But the information is so sensitive that even members of Mr Johnson’s inner circle have not been briefed on it.
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The identities of the three key advisers are unknown, but it is thought they could include Mr Johnson’s right-hand man Dominic Cummings, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.
Opposition parties joined with rebel Tories a fortnight ago to push through legislation binding the Prime Minister’s hands on Brexit.
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The bill states that if a Brexit deal has not been passed by the Commons by October 19 then Mr Johnson must write a letter to Brussels asking for an extension, which he has repeatedly insisted he will not do.
Anti-Brexit barrister Jolyon Maugham, who has been involved in a number of legal actions relating to the country’s departure from the EU, last night appeared to give credence to the idea that the law on No Deal might not work.
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