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Preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit should be "the top priority" for civil servants, Boris Johnson has told them in a letter.The PM said he would prefer to get a deal but the UK must leave the EU by 31 October "whatever the circumstances".Earlier Jeremy Corbyn had urged the UK's top civil servant to intervene to prevent a no-deal Brexit happening during a general election campaign.It comes amid speculation MPs will table a no-confidence motion in the PM.It is thought opposition MPs could propose the vote in a bid to prevent the UK leaving the EU with no deal - leading to a general election being called.
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In his letter to civil servants, Mr Johnson said he would "very much prefer" to leave with an agreement, but added: "I recognise this may not happen."That is why preparing urgently and rapidly for the possibility of an exit without a deal will be my top priority, and it will be the top priority for the civil service too."Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected three times by MPs and, as things stand, the UK will leave the EU on 31 October whether it has agreed a new one or not.Mr Johnson has urged the EU to make changes to the deal, but has said the UK must leave by this deadline with or without an agreement.
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