Boris Johnson installs digital COUNTDOWN CLOCK for Brexit in his office

Boris Johnson has bought a £500 digital countdown clock to put on the wall in his No10 office after he vowed to force Brexit by October 31.

MailOnline understands the PM paid for the clock himself, and had it delivered to Downing Street today as he chairs the first meeting of his Brexit war cabinet.

The move underlines Mr Johnson's determination to stick to his solemn promise, despite furious of opposition from Remainer MPs and the EU.

Tory Party chairman James Cleverly unveiled a countdown clock at Conservative HQ yesterday.

That one is displayed below a message which reads: 'We will have delivered Brexit and left the EU by'.

The symbolic step came as the government announced that No Deal preparations are being dramatically ramped up, with budgets doubled to £2.1billion. 

The premier has insisted there will be no more negotiations with Brussels until it agrees to ditch the hated Irish backstop and draw up a new Withdrawal Agreement.

But the demand has been flatly dismissed by the EU, while Irish PM Leo Varadkar warned yesterday that he would not be 'bullied'.  

The purchase of the clock underlines Boris Johnson's (pictured at a policing board meeting last night) determination to stick to his solemn Brexit promise, despite furious of opposition from Remainer MPs and the EU

The purchase of the clock underlines Boris Johnson's (pictured at a policing board meeting last night) determination to stick to his solemn Brexit promise, despite furious of opposition from Remainer MPs and the EU

MailOnline understands the PM paid for the clock himself, and had it delivered to Downing Street today

MailOnline understands the PM paid for the clock himself, and had it delivered to Downing Street today

The package was handed in at the front door of No10 today as the Brexit War Cabinet met

The package was handed in at the front door of No10 today as the Brexit War Cabinet met 

The clock, thought to be similar to this one, is expected to be installed in the PM's office

The clock, thought to be similar to this one, is expected to be installed in the PM's office

Mr Johnson was in Scotland for the first meeting of the Brexit War Cabinet - formally known as the Exit Strategy committee or XS - on Monday.

It was led by Michael Gove, the Government's No Deal planning supremo, in his absence. 

Other members include Chancellor Sajid Javid, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox. 

Unveiling the £2.1billion No Deal fund today, Mr Javid said it will ensure the UK is ready to leave the EU come what may in October. 

However, Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, called it an 'appalling waste of taxpayers' cash' and the Commons Public Accounts Committee is likely to scrutinise the funding. 

The funding will pay for 500 more Border Force officers, support for passport processing, improved infrastructure at ports and extra cash for Operation Brock - the plan to cope with traffic chaos in Kent.

Supplies of medicines could be hit by disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit, so mitigation plans include increased freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.

Mr Javid said: 'This additional £2.1billion will ensure we are ready to leave on October 31 - deal or no deal.'

The announcement, soon after entering the Treasury under Mr Johnson, is intended to signal a break from Philip Hammond's era.

The former chancellor was accused by Brexiteers of being reluctant to release cash to prepare for a no-deal exit.

'It really represents a shift in tone for the Treasury as a department,' a Whitehall source said.

Michael Gove (pictured in Whitehall today) chaired the first meeting of the Brexit War Cabinet on Monday while Mr Johnson was in Scotland

Michael Gove (pictured in Whitehall today) chaired the first meeting of the Brexit War Cabinet on Monday while Mr Johnson

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