According to an article in the Guardian, the EU is gearing up to offer the UK a further Brexit extension to help Boris, if he becomes the new leader, to keep the Tory party from imploding.
And the article says:
"Brussels is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit extension beyond 31 October in an attempt to help him keep the Conservative party together and provide one more chance to strike an agreement deal."
And goes on to quote an unnamed senior EU diplomat as saying:
"It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement."
I've got to say that the only real political embarrassment Boris could suffer from, would be to accept such a proposal and not leave the EU on the 31st of October - it would be a politically terminal embarrassment for both he and the Tory party.
But there is of course the sting in the tail - it looks like it would come with a hard requirement for the UK to accept any financial commitments to the EU that are foisted on us.
So, it's all about the money then.
The Guardian also reports that Brussels now thinks that the chance a no deal has receded significantly - so, by stripping out the ability to prorogue parliament, that pack of Remainers in both houses of parliament that are 100% intent on keeping the UK locked into the EU whatever the economic or..