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Johnson vows to push for Brexit after suspending Parliament

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LONDON -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday vowed to use his five-week suspension of Parliament to ensure that Britain leaves the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without an exit deal.

"I think there are loads of people around the place who really want this thing done, and that includes the British people but also (people) in Brussels and our friends and partners across the EU," Johnson told the BBC.

"They want us to get on with this," he said. "It's been dragging on for three years (since Britain voted for Brexit)."

Opposition lawmakers voted down Johnson's call for a snap election late Monday, shortly before the suspension of Parliament until Oct. 14.

A cross-party group of lawmakers urged him on Tuesday to push for a last-minute deal with Brussels, amid fears that he could flout a new law designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.

Pro-Brexit lawmakers in Johnson's Conservative Party have urged him to ignore the law.

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"We're working very hard to get a deal. I think we will get a deal, but if absolutely necessary we'll come out with no deal," Johnson told the broadcaster.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson of "running away from scrutiny" by suspending Parliament.

"He wants to stage a showdown over a no-deal Brexit that he can repackage as a battle between Parliament and the people," Corbyn said in a speech to the Trades Union Congress.

"But the idea that Johnson and his wealthy friends and backers somehow represent the people is truly absurd," Corbyn said.

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