"They don't realise that if there is a no-confidence vote in September or October, we'll call an election for after the 31st and leave anyway", Cummings is reported to have said, and instructed staff to prepare for No Deal on the basis that the European Union might not realise that Johnson supposedly really is set on an October 31st Brexit, deal or no deal - a premise doubted by some Brexiteers, including Nigel Farage - until it is too late. Although the next general election isn't due until 2022 there is mounting speculation that this could happen this year as Mr Johnson seeks to boost his diminishing ranks in Parliament and increase his chances of getting a Brexit deal past MPs.
The Government announced the recruitment of extra border officials has been sped up in preparation for leaving the European Union "hopefully by the end of October". But that's not all the former chancellor has been up to, as it has also been reported Mr Hammond has held secret talks with the Labour party on how best to thwart the Prime Minister's no deal plans. "It could have security implications as well and it could have constitutional implications", Varadkar told journalists. Does he have it in him to deliver Brexit in under 100 days?
The Bank of England has cut its forecasts for United Kingdom growth over the next two years, blaming Brexit uncertainty and weaker global growth.
"He will, of course, be neutral on the administration of government here in Northern Ireland but you shouldn't confuse the two".
"We believe the decisions that have to be made to stand up Stormont while significant are not insurmountable and frankly pale in comparison to the challenges that had to be overcome to secure the Good Friday Agreement".
The Taoiseach has insisted that any heightened Brexit rhetoric isn't coming from the Irish Government.
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Mr Johnson arrived in Belfast on Tuesday night and had a private dinner with DUP leader Arlene Foster, deputy leader Nigel Dodds MP and chief whip Jeffrey Donaldson MP.
"But as I have told our European friends, we are going to prepare very actively for that eventuality in high confidence that this is an incredible country and we will get through it if we need to".
Speaking in Manchester yesterday, Mr Johnson said he was bracing the country for a no deal scenario.
According to Sky News, the document was marked: "Official sensitive - For Discussion - Not Government Policy", indicating that the document has not been agreed on by ministers.
"So my prime focus this morning is to do everything I can to help that get up and running again because I think that's profoundly in the interests of all citizens here in Northern Ireland".
Morrison continued: "We hope that the new Secretary of State will bring new energy to the ongoing effort to restore Stormont and the devolved government in Northern Ireland".