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Listening mode? Boris Johnson attends a year four history class in south London yesterday
Listening mode? Boris Johnson attends a year four history class in south London yesterday Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /AFP

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Brexit deadlock: PM discusses plan to remove Irish backstop

How do you solve a problem like the Irish border? Boris Johnson could have the answer. The Prime Minister is considering plans for a regulatory border in the Irish Sea in an attempt to remove the backstop and satisfy the DUP. As Political Editor Gordon Rayner reports, Mr Johnson has also ordered detailed feasibility studies into some more offbeat ideas. If you need a recap, this is why the Irish border issue is so important. Mr Johnson is under renewed pressure to reach a deal with the EU after Parliament rejected for a second time his plans for an election to win a mandate for a no-deal exit on October 31. Here is a reminder of how no-deal could affect everyday life. And Matt's cartoon today focuses on the funnier side of any Article 50 extension.

Meanwhile, a new poll reveals that more than half of British adults believe the result of the 2016 EU referendum should be respected - and Brexit delivered. Camilla Tominey analyses the results of the ComRes survey. Talking of votes… what are the odds now of a snap general election being held in 2019 - and who would win? Follow our data team's poll tracker.

Jeremy Corbyn to restore 1970s-style union powers

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans to make it easier for strike action. In a move that could open the floodgates to widespread walkouts, he vowed to sweep aside anti-trade union laws and transfer power from the "born-to-rule establishment" to the workers. As Harry Yorke reports, businesses have accused him of "turning back the clock" to the Seventies.

Rival to Netflix: Apple launches new streaming service

Apple has declared a price war on Netflix by launching a £4.99-per-month video streaming service. Apple TV+ subscriptions launch in the UK within weeks. But will they be better than what you already have? This is everything you need to know. The announcement came alongside a slew of new iPhone 11 models, touting upgraded ultra-wide lens cameras. Read on for more details.

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Gallery: The big picture

Community spirit | The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled the 'Back to Nature' garden she designed for RHS Wisley yesterday, alongside Mary Berry. Click here for our picture editor's selection of more striking images from around the world.

All smiles from the Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry at RHS Wisley Credit: Rupert Hartley 

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Business and money briefing

Fiscal tightrope | Germany's finance minister has vowed to balance the books in next year's budget - despite mounting pressure to ramp up spending to tackle a looming recession. Tom Rees reports on the plan by Olaf Scholz.

Sport briefing

England 5 Kosovo 3 | England were world-class in attack and, at times, second-class in defence. Read Jason Burt'match report from St Mary’s. Who flopped and who impressed? Read on for our player ratings.

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Stubbing out LA | He is arguably Los Angeles' most famous artist, despite hailing from Bradford. But David Hockney has revealed that he is turning his back on the city where he painted some of his greatest works - because of America's censorious attitude to smoking.