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This week has been seen as the effective deadline for a Brexit deal because, in practice, for an agreement to be signed, the framework would have to be in place by the weekend or early next week ahead of the EU summit starting on Thursday 17 October. The crucial decisions at these summits tend to get taken over dinner in the evening, with talks sometimes going on into the early hours. The summit is due to end on Friday. And this morning the BBC is reporting that Boris Johnson is now considering holding an emergency sitting of parliament on Saturday 19 October to allow MPs to decide the next step forward.
Whatever happens, deal or no deal, govt will call MPs to Westminster for a special sitting on Saturday Oct 19th – could be decisive day in Parliament in aftermath of EU summit