He adds that Johnson has reiterated that the United Kingdom will leave the EU on October 31st “avec ou sans accord”, despite Benn’s Act.
Richard Ritchie: It is futile to ask where political giants of old would have stood in today’s chaos
Over the past few decades our constitution has been so corroded that the likes of Powell, Benn, Crossman, and Foot would struggle to recognise it.
Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of the Youth Justice Board – and more
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In his need, Labour’s leader is turning for inspiration to a predecessor who will scarcely be at the top of his list of role models.
The idea that self-government might matter to Johnson or Gove more than, say, party loyalty leaves him genuinely nonplussed.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.
They frame the rest of our life in terms of health and prosperity. Public policy needs to catch up with this new body of evidence.
When we work with central government, we improve lives and achieve the best results for our communities.
WATCH: For the prorogation. “The history of the power to prorogue supports the fact that it has been used for political purposes”
The essence of the Government’s take on the legality of its decision – which has seen action claiming otherwise in lower courts.
WATCH: Against the prorogation. “No Prime Minister has abused his powers in the way in which we allege in at least the last 50 years”
Lord Pannick sets out the core case of Gina Miller et al against the Government in today’s legal proceedings before the Supreme Court.
The Lib Dem leader argues in her set-piece conference speech that “there is no Brexit that would be good for our country”.
The new British Conservation Alliance will break the left-wing monopoly on environmental issues.
Andrew Gimson’s Supreme Court sketch: Lord Pannick tries to throw the Prime Minister out of respectable society
Johnson stands accused of trying to drive through Brexit in accordance with the referendum result.
The former RAF Squadron Leader has already begun the campaign he is calling ‘The Battle of Broxtowe’ .
James Frayne: Why a populist programme wouldn’t work for Johnson. Working class voters aren’t values votes.
Middle class hostility to the working class and lower middle class is common, while working class and lower middle class hostility is practically non-existent.
He could soon preside over a full-scale proxy war, or else do the Nixon-to-China routine with Rouhani. There is simply no way of knowing.
Stephen Booth: Not so long ago, EU leaders hoped Brexit would be stopped. They may now be ready for it to go ahead.
Bettel’s rant reflects frustration at Westminster’s failure to agree to the deal, but he was hardly welcoming the UK back to the EU top table.
The criteria for new schools have been squeezed too much – children who deserve the chance of a great education are missing out as a result.
The message is welcome after the defeatism of her predecessors. But radical measures are needed to free up supply and get attractive new development.
“People, including those watching this programme, will have to decide how much blame to put on me.”
WATCH: Johnson in Luxembourg 3) He suggests that there will be a deal because the EU has “had a bellyful of all this stuff”
“They’re fed up…they’ve now delayed twice before – to achieve what is completely unclear to me.”
WATCH: Johnson in Luxembourg 2) “I don’t think it would have been fair to its Prime Minister”, he says of enduring the barracking
He adds that “there would have been a lot of noise”. Was he set up by his hosts to be booed and heckled?
Johnson urges judges to ‘stay neutral’ as Supreme Court hearing begins
“Boris Johnson has warned the country’s most senior judges that the courts have “no jurisdiction” over his decision to suspend parliament and they risk “entering the political arena”. The Supreme Court began on Tuesday to hear two appeals relating to the five-week prorogation of parliament, which has been ruled by Scotland’s highest civil court to be an unlawful attempt to dodge MPs’ scrutiny of Brexit. Accusing the Scottish judges of having a “fundamental misconception of how parliament operated”, the prime minister’s written submission said that it would be “constitutionally inappropriate” for the judiciary to intervene.” – The Times
- The future is one again in the hands of the judiciary – Daily Telegraph
- Showdown to decide ‘if Prime Minister or MPs is supreme’ – The Times
- Johnson will recall Parliament if court rules against prorogation, lawyer insists… – Daily Express
- …but Government refuses to rule out fresh prorogation if it loses – The Guardian
- ToryDiary: Supreme Court sketch: Lord Pannick tries to throw the Prime Minister out of respectable society
- Video: WATCH: For the prorogation. “The history of the power to prorogue supports the fact that it has been used for political purposes”
- Video: WATCH: Against the prorogation. “No Prime Minister has abused his powers in the way in which we allege in at least the last 50 years”
Daniel Finkelstein: The role of the judiciary in our democracy is on trial
“No, the hearings may be seen as a turning point for something else entirely. They may mark the moment Britain stopped being a political democracy restrained by law and became instead a legal democracy tempered by politics. Is our system based on the political decisions made by parliament and the executive in which it places confidence? Or are there laws and arrangements that exist regardless of parliament’s view? In his memoirs, Tony Blair devotes half a sentence to passing the 1998 Human Rights Act and does not even mention that he created the Supreme Court. Yet these may have been the most consequential things of his premiership. They changed the very nature of our democracy.” – The Times
- Miller’s case gains traction – Adam Cygan, Daily Telegraph
- Supreme Court is on a journey to the core of democracy – Raphael Hogarth, The Times
- Business must stand up for the judiciary – Michael Skapinker, FT
- Why in God’s name is Major trying to disgrace Johnson? – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
EU backlash grows against the Prime Minister’s ‘discourteous’ treatment by Luxembourg…
“A European diplomatic backlash grew today over the “discourteous” treatment of Boris Johnson by Luxembourg’s prime minister. There are fears it could fuel “animosity” between Britain and the EU at a crucial moment in Brexit talks. Mr Johnson’s decision to cancel a joint press conference in Luxembourg yesterday due to anti-Brexit protests was seized on by Xavier Bettel as a platform for an undiplomatic attack on the Conservative leader. He pointed to empty lectern next to him and accused Mr Johnson of putting party political gain over the interests of his citizens. Norbert Röttgen, a senior Christian Democrat and the chairman of the German parliament’s powerful foreign affairs committee, warned that the incident made a no-deal Brexit more likely.” – The Times
- Stunt shows why UK wants out, claims US – Daily Telegraph
- Juncker gives ‘hard Brexit warning’ to Europhile MEPs – Daily Express
- MPs fear Johnson could bypass anti-No Deal legislation – FT
- Davidson admits to being ‘hopelessly conflicted’ over Brexit – The Guardian
- Stunt has secured a win for Johnson at the next election – Daniel Hannan MEP, The Sun
>Yesterday: Stephen Booth’s column: Not so long ago, EU leaders hoped Brexit would be stopped. They may now be ready for it to go ahead.
…as he tries to stop EU leaking his proposal for a deal…
“Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals have not been handed to Eurocrats over fears they will be leaked, it has emerged. Talks with Brussels to secure a new exit settlement will intensify next week with daily discussions between officials. Outlines of possible options to resolve the deadlock have been shown to the European Commission but officials have refused to leave copies of the documents behind. Government sources said they fear the Commission would “fire it at the 27” leaders of EU countries and they would no longer be “in control” of it. “We’ve been going to meetings with papers but not left them behind,” they said. Brussels is demanding solutions to protect the integrity of the single market.” – Daily Express
- Johnson steps up plans for all-Ireland trade – FT
- Brussels given draft deal ‘with no backstop’, sources claim – The Guardian
- Third of Irish farmers risk going bust in No Deal scenario – The Sun
- How I responded to a child who accused me of ‘ruining their future’ – Bim Afolami MP, Daily Telegraph
- Brexit tore Cameron and Gove – and our families – apart – Sarah Vine, Daily Mail
>Today: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: Cameron maligns Brexiteers because he misunderstands them
…and ministers prepare to overhaul tariff plans
“Ministers are poised to overhaul the planned tariff schedule for a no-deal Brexit with deep cuts to proposed duties on heavy trucks after opposition from the haulage industry. The government is expected to announce imminently the full set of charges it will impose on various industries in a no-deal departure from the EU, tweaking an earlier draft that was announced in March by the Cabinet Office. The Road Haulage Association complained vociferously in March when the government said it would impose a 22 per cent charge on the cost of importing a new heavy goods vehicle from mainland Europe in the event of Britain leaving the EU without a deal. That “ludicrous” increase would have amounted to an extra £15,000 on a typical heavy goods vehicle, the RHA complained. ” – FT
- Truss wants Australia trade deal on ‘day one’ of Brexit – Daily Express
- Gove to be grilled by supermarket bosses over No Deal planning – Daily Mail
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