Boris Johnson will arrive in Downing Street today with the promise to get Britain out of the EU by 31 October. But without a detailed new plan to take to Brussels, many of Johnson’s opponents fear he is dragging the UK towards a no-deal exit and a political and financial crisis.

Rowena Mason and Daniel Boffey join Anushka Asthana to examine the new prime minister’s statements about Brexit during his successful leadership campaign. And they weigh up whether he is determined to take Britain out without a deal and if so, can parliament stop him?

Also today: Rebecca Nicholson on comedy and the science of canned laughter.





Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks after being announced as the new leader of the Conservative party





Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP

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