Prorogation 1) Johnson says Brussels now knows the Government is ‘serious’

“Boris Johnson told cabinet ministers yesterday that Brussels was more likely to offer Britain a deal if it thought that parliament could no longer “frustrate” Brexit. The prime minister insisted that his decision to prorogue Parliament was “emphatically not” about bypassing MPs. He said, however, that it would make a “huge difference” in negotiations with Brussels once the threat of MPs stopping Brexit was removed. He added that the fact Britain could leave without a deal was making them think “these guys really are serious”. Mr Johnson said he thought there was a “good chance” that Britain would leave with a deal and also a “good chance” it would leave without one.” – The Times

  • He says it will make a big difference in the negotiations – Daily Mail
  • ‘A very British coup’: how Europe responded – Daily Telegraph
  • Verhofstadt says ‘sinister’ move threatens deal – The Times


Prorogation 2) New bank holidays amongst tactics being considered

“Boris Johnson has created a “war games” strategy which could involve creating new bank holidays in a daring bid to force through Brexit, it has been reported. This comes as The Queen agreed to suspend Parliament in the run-up to the October 31 exit deadline thwarting Jeremy Corbyn’s plot to stop us leaving the EU. But, according to BuzzFeed News, that controversial move was the opening gambit in a “meticulously constructed” plan aimed at eating up time and stopping rebel MPs from blocking a No Deal Brexit. Here is the list of reported measures, devised by Prime Minister Johnson and his senior aides during a summer of “war-gaming”, which could be implemented to out-manoeuvre Remainers.” – The Sun

  • Ministers ‘draw Queen into Brexit drama’ – FT

Prorogation 3) Hammond et al mulling ‘radical’ plan to ‘defy the Queen’

“Tory Remainers including Philip Hammond have floated radical plans to recall MPs in September in defiance of the Queen’s order to prorogue parliament, The Times has been told. The MPs will push ahead next week with plans to seize control of the order paper and force the government to delay Brexit beyond October 31. However, they have also discussed recalling parliament during the party conference season recess as an insurance policy, giving them more time to compel Boris Johnson to use the next European Council meeting on October 17 to request an extension to Article 50… Five Conservative MPs have publicly suggested that they are willing to vote down the government as a “last resort”.” – The Times

  • Six ways MPs could yet block No Deal – The Times
  • Leader of the House accuses them of risking ‘constitutional crisis’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Defiant Labour MPs threaten to ‘occupy the Commons’ – The Times
  • Corbyn, Swinson, and Soubry demand royal meetings to express ‘concerns’ – Daily Express
  • Prorogation limits rebels’ room for manoeuvre – The Times


  • Suspension of Parliament is an affront to democracy – FT
  • A rational use of the powers of the Executive – The Times
  • Johnson is defending democracy from Remoaners – The Sun

>Today: ToryDiary: ‘Words have consequences.’ Unless, it seems, you’re a hardcore Remainer.

Prorogation 4) Rees-Mogg says Bercow’s intervention is ‘unconstitutional’

Jacob Rees-Mogg has attacked John Bercow’s intervention into the prorogation row as “the most unconstitutionally improper thing that happened yesterday”. “It is not constitutional for the Speaker to express his opinion on suspending Parliament as he did because he was not directed to by Parliament,” Mr Rees-Mogg said this morning. He added that the outrage from Remain MPs over  suspending Parliament was “phoney”. The Leader of the House of Commons also said that lawmakers who want to stop a no-deal Brexit have two choices: change the law or change the government, and if they fail to choose, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Speaker brands development a ‘constitutional outrage’ – The Guardian
  • The real scandal? How Bercow ripped up the rulebook – Daily Mail

Prorogation 5) New front of Remainer lawfare as court challenge mounted

“Ministers face a court bid by 70 Remainer politicians and lawyers within the next 24 hours to stop them suspending Parliament on the grounds it is “unlawful.” The legal team claim Boris Johnson has broken the law by denying Parliament enough time to authorise a “no deal” before Brexit on October 31. They are seeking an interim emergency ruling from the courts on Thursday that would prevent the Prime Minister proroguing Parliament as he has proposed between September 9 and 12. This would be pending a full hearing on September 6. They are the same lawyers who successfully forced the Government to accept Britain could unilaterally revoke article 50 to remain in the EU after taking the case up to the supreme court.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The legal case for prorogation… – Lord Sumption, The Times
  • …and the case against it – Lord Pannick, The Times


>Today: Chris White in Comment: The Government has pitched Remainer MPs into a race against time

Michael Taube: Canadian democracy survived prorogation, and so will Britain’s

“Is Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament really, as Speaker John Bercow put it yesterday, a “constitutional outrage”? If the experience of Canada is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding no. We went through the same process a decade ago and you can rest assured that parliamentary democracy in the UK is not about to be destroyed… The similarities between Canada’s prorogation and the UK’s are striking. Mr Johnson, like Mr Harper, faces the threat of his Government collapsing over a single divisive issue while the Labour and Liberal parties are perfectly content to play political games in the hope of usurping power. Proroguing Parliament isn’t a desirable solution, but Canada has shown it can be used to calm a fiery political situation and that it could enable Mr Johnson to get back to the pressing issues at hand.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Our constitution is robust, no harm will come from this – Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Daily Telegraph
  • Gamble that could make Johnson an historic Prime Minister – Sir Anthony Seldon, Daily Mail
  • The Prime Minister is not the one putting the Government at risk – Daniel Hannan MEP, The Sun
  • Anti-democratic Remainers will be culpable for a hard Brexit – Dr Liam Fox MP, Daily Telegraph
  • MPs are reaping what they sowed with this prorogation – Robert Peston, Daily Express
  • Johnson is forcing the hands of his opponents – Robert Shrimsley, FT
  • It’s rarely a good idea to unite your opponents like this – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • Johnson has wrongfooted his opponents, surely an election looms – Isabel Hardman, The Guardian

Davidson resigns as Scottish Conservative leader

“Boris Johnson will lose one of his key electoral assets today when Ruth Davidson resigns as leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Ms Davidson, 40, wants to be able to better balance the pressures of motherhood but has also felt increasingly alienated from the prime minister. She had significant influence over his predecessors, in particular David Cameron, but was ignored when she advised Mr Johnson not to sack her ally, David Mundell, as Scottish secretary. Mr Johnson’s willingness to leave the European Union without a deal on October 31 has also caused consternation for Ms Davidson, who campaigned for Remain in 2016 and attacked Mr Johnson during the televised referendum debate at Wembley.” – The Times

  • Her future was bright, but she was increasingly at odds with Johnson – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph

Javid ‘rules out’ pre-election spending spree

“The courts, universities and local councils are set to be the losers in the government’s spending review next week, experts said. Sajid Javid, the chancellor, said he would announce higher public spending on health, schools and police in a “fast-tracked” spending statement next Wednesday that would “clear the decks for Brexit”. Mr Javid dashed hopes of a wider spending splurge when he pledged to stick within existing fiscal rules, saying in an article in The Daily Telegraph that the spending tap would be limited to “a few key areas”.” – The Times

  • Spending round to focus on ‘vote winners’ – FT
  • School leaders say £3.5 billion package is ‘not enough’ – The Guardian


  • Poll shows Tory support at its highest since March deadline was missed – The Times
  • Farage tells Johnson ‘honeymoon is over’ – The Sun


Rudd hails growth of children in working households

“Record numbers of kids are now living in working households – led by big hikes in cities from Birmingham to Leeds. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd hailed one of Britain’s “great untold stories” yesterday as official figures revealed the milestone. The Department of Work and Pensions said there were now 11.5 million children in a household where at least one adult is working – up 200,000 on last year and a staggering 1.6 million on 2010. Overall, nine in ten kids now live in a home where at least one parent draws a wage. In other statistics that reveal the scale of the jobs boom that has taken place since the credit crisis.” – The Sun

News in Brief:

  • Proroguing shifts things in Boris Johnson’s favour, but it’s not a ‘coup’ – Henry Hill, CapX
  • Johnson proroguing parliament proves he has a plan, unlike everyone else – Mark Fox, Reaction
  • Battle begins – Fraser Nelson, The Spectator
  • Why the humanities can’t be saved – John Gray, UnHerd