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This morning/afternoon.

A source said:

‘[Javid] has turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer. The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team. The chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms.’

Fight!

Cabinet reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor – live news (The Guardian)

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At top: The Øresund – that connects the Danish capital of Copenhagen to the Swedish city of Malmö – transitions from a bridge into a tunnel 

Yesterday.

Boris Johnson is completely serious about building a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland to boost the union.

The PM has ordered officials in Whitehall to look at the project and whether it’s possible.

An artificial island around 2.5 miles long and 500 yards wide is likely to link the bridge to the tunnel.

Under one version of Boris’ plan, the bridge would run from the Scottish coast over the trench, before becoming a tunnel for the final stretch to Northern Ireland.

Local geography might even dictate the need for two artificial islands to span the North Channel.

A Whitehall source told The Sun:

“There were some people who thought the Channel Tunnel was a mad idea at the time. “We are looking at the feasibility of a bridge and if it could be made to work.”

Boris Johnson ramps up plans for £20bn bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland to boost union (The Irish Sun)

Government officials working on plans for bridge linking Scotland to Northern Ireland, No 10 confirms – live news (The Guardian)

Graphic; The Sun

In fairness.

Meanwhile…

This morning.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a victory speech after his Conservative party yielded the best election result since 1987.

He said:

“Thank you all, thank you very much for coming. Well my friends, good morning everybody, my friends.

“Well, we did it, we did it. We pulled it off didn’t we?

“We pulled it off.

“We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock.

“And in this glorious, glorious pre-breakfast moment, before a new dawn rises on a new day and a new government, I want to first of all pay tribute to good colleagues who lost their seats through no fault of their own in the election just gone by.

“And I, of course, want to congratulate absolutely everybody involved in securing the biggest conservative majority, since the 1980s…which was, literally, literally, as I look around, literally before many of you were born.

“And with this mandate, and this majority, we will at last be able do…what?”

The crowds respond in chorus: “Get Brexit done.”

Mr Johnson then carried on:

“You’re paying attention.

“This election means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people…”

Last night: “A Thumping Tory Majority”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Laura Kuenssberg, of BBC, tweetz:

PM [Boris Johnson] putting down motion for a general election to be voted on on Monday, to take place on 12th December – No 10’s gambit is that if Labour agrees, then they will timetable Brexit bill again with time for scrutiny until 6th November when they want to dissolve Parliament.

Boris Johnson pushes for December 12 general election (ITV)

This afternoon.

Thornton Manor, Wirral, Cheshire, England.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a three-hour meeting – at online sleuth Coleen Rooney’s 21st birthday party venue – where the pair emerged with the following statement:

Hmm.

Varadkar and Johnson say they can ‘see a pathway to a possible deal (RTÉ)

Inside Boris Johnson’s Brexit mansion where Coleen Rooney celebrated her 21st birthday party (Liverpool Echo)

Pics: Noel Mullen via Rollingnews

Update:

“I think all sides would like there to be an agreement next week at the council if possible, and obviously there’s a further deadline after that, the 31st of October, so I would say a short pathway rather than a long one.

“What this is about is securing an agreement that works for the people of Ireland and also the people of Britain and Europe. If it works for the people of Ireland, what it means is, avoiding a hard border between north and south.

“That’s always been our primary objective, ensuring that the all-island economy can continue to develop, and that north-south cooperation, envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement, can resume. Those are our objectives, this has always been about achieving those objectives, and I think today they can be achieved.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening at Liverpool Airport heading back to Dublin.

Donald Tusk tweetz:

Standing together with [Irish] PM Leo Varadkar in New York. We continue looking for how to avoid a disorderly Brexit.

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