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Boris Johnson is asking the European Union to block a further extension to Article 50 in his new Brexit deal, a report claims.

The Prime Minister is to publish a legal document outlining his alternative to the Irish backstop, expected to be sent off as early as this week.

As part of any new agreement, Mr Johnson is understood to require a pledge that the other 27 EU member states will not permit another delay to the UK's withdrawal.

His plan is to force Parliament into a binary decision, either to accept his new deal or allow Britain to crash out with No Deal on October 31, The Times reports.

Boris Johnson is to publish a legal document outlining his alternative to the Irish backstop, expected to be sent off to the EU as early as this week (pictured: the PM at the Conservative Party conference alongside Home Secretary Priti Patel)

Boris Johnson is to publish a legal document outlining his alternative to the Irish backstop, expected to be sent off to the EU as early as this week (pictured: the PM at the Conservative Party conference alongside Home Secretary Priti Patel)

If it goes through, Mr Johnson will have cancelled out the Benn act - his hated 'surrender bill' - which was drawn up to prevent No Deal exit. 

Those behind the law, including Tory rebels Sir Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve, have conceded they cannot force the EU members into granting another delay. 

But the Prime Minister's bold strategy faces brutal hurdles in Brussels amid fears Michel Barnier will immediately try to torpedo his legal text.  

The Republic of Ireland is wavering on an agreement as ministers prepare to go toe-to-toe with the EU, with insiders telling The Times, the Irish expressed concern last night about limited goods checks at the border.

If, however, the Prime Minister looks like he will succeed there is likely to be clamouring from Remain MPs for the attention of Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.

Indeed France, which expressed doubts over the last delay, was reportedly counselled by those behind the Benn act over its position.

Ministers are understood to have warned Mr Johnson that he will have to seek an Article 50 extension unless he get a new deal.

It's 'deal or delay,' one minister told The Times, while another said it looked unlikely

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