Johnson hits back at the judiciary after Supreme Court defeat…

“Boris Johnson said the Supreme Court’s verdict that his suspension of parliament had been unlawful was part of an attempt to frustrate Brexit as senior allies attacked the decision as unconstitutional. The prime minister, who flies into London today facing calls to resign, said that he profoundly disagreed with the landmark ruling but would “respect” it. However, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, directly criticised the judges after other ministers warned against personal attacks. During a cabinet conference call, which Mr Johnson took in New York, Mr Rees-Mogg said that the judgment amounted to “a constitutional coup”. Senior No 10 figures accused the Supreme Court of making a “serious mistake”.” – The Times

  • Accusations of ‘judicial activism’ in the wake of shock ruling – Daily Telegraph
  • Rees-Mogg accuses court of ‘constitutional coup’ – Daily Mail
  • Parliament the winner, say lawyers – FT
  • A great accretion of power to the judiciary – Daily Telegraph
  • Our readers condemn the judgment – The Sun
  • Downing Street refuses to say if Johnson apologised to the Queen – Daily Mail


  • Europhiles celebrate ruling… – FT
  • …as do EU politicians – The Guardian


…as Remainers plan to force him to publish his legal advice…

“Remainer MP plan to tie Boris Johnson in knots on their return to Parliament. They are set to demand fresh detail on a No Deal and a statement on its suspension. If the PM refuses, Labour has vowed to force its publication by passing a Commons motion known as a humble address. The move is backed by former Tory Cabinet minister Amber Rudd and the sacked Tory rebels. A cross-party group has agreed to “drown” the Government with requests for information with questions on the collapse of Thomas Cook and the ongoing violence in Hong Kong. They will not, however, ask for an immediate no confidence vote.” – The Sun

  • Cox told Johnson move was ‘lawful and within the constitution’ – Daily Mail
  • Experts say ruling will stop another shutdown – The Times
  • Opposition vow to block recess for Conservative Conference – The Times
  • Bercow threatens to allow more Remainer wrecking tactics – Daily Mail
  • Prime Minister forced to fly home to face Parliament – FT
  • He insists he won’t resign – The Sun


  • So Parliament is returning… what happens next? – Catherine Haddon, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Bercow says that he has “instructed the House authorities” to prepare for the Commons’ return tomorrow

…as the Prime Minister makes a fresh push for a general election…

“Boris Johnson will try within days to force a general election after accusing Britain’s highest court of frustrating “the will of the people” by overruling his decision to prorogue Parliament. The Prime Minister will fly back early from the US on Wednesday after the Supreme Court made the unprecedented decision that he had acted unlawfully and therefore the suspension was “void and of no effect”. John Bercow, the Speaker, will reconvene the Commons at 11.30 on Wednesday morning after the judges said it was up to him – not Mr Johnson – to “take immediate steps” to recall MPs. Downing Street said the Supreme Court had made a “serious mistake in extending its reach to these political matters”, while legal experts accused the 11 judges of “judicial activism” in radically curtailing the centuries-old constitutional powers of Government.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Corbyn won’t back one until Johnson has been forced to extend Article 50 – The Times
  • Labour backs off immediate confidence vote – FT
  • Prime Minister expected to table election vote on Thursday – Daily Express


  • Parliament has abandoned all moral claim to the role of sovereign on Brexit – Liam Fox MP, Daily Telegraph
  • Looks like lights out for the Prime Minister and Brexit – Antoinette Sandbach MP, Times Red Box
  • Corbyn fears an election too much to topple Johnson – Rosa Prince, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Johnson has lost a battle – and room for manoeuvre. But he can still win the war.

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Corbyn demands a general election

…and Tories pile pressure on Cummings

“Tory MPs have called for Dominic Cummings to resign after blaming him for the government’s humiliation in the Supreme Court. Boris Johnson’s chief adviser has been the architect of the prime minister’s confrontational strategy in an attempt to drive through Brexit and could be forced to take responsibility for yesterday’s defeat. One Conservative MP told The Times: “If there’s one thing that is 100 per cent clear after this, it is that Cummings must go and go now. It is entirely his failure and he must pay the price now.” David Gauke, the former justice secretary, said that Mr Cummings’s position was untenable.” – The Times

  • Conservative Brexiteers rally around the Prime Minister – The Guardian
  • Brussels ‘reconsiders Johnson’s staying power’ – The Times


  • Ousting Cummings would be a terrible mistake – Rob Wilson, Daily Telegraph

Henry Hill: The Common Law fiction that ‘nothing has changed’ looks increasingly ragged

“Twitter’s public law establishment has already set to work robing today’s developments in the traditional ideology of the Common Law: that there are no innovations, and judges don’t make decisions but instead ‘discover’ what has always, legally, been the case. But it’s different this time. Normally this retrospective revision of received wisdom takes place over time, aided by little sustained interest in the evolution of public law from either politicians or the media. Here instead the entire process has taken place amid the full glare of public scrutiny, and legal commentators have been forced to perform a complete u-turn on the legal viability of Gina Miller’s case in less than a fortnight.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ruling is a natural result of Johnson’s constitutional vandalism – Lord Sumption, The Times
  • Verdict will do untold damage to the reputation of the judiciary – Martin Howe and Clive Thorne, Daily Telegraph
  • Government doesn’t have power to silence MPs – Hannah White, Times Red Box
  • Supreme Court was fair, independent, and wrong – Bobby Friedman, Daily Telegraph
  • Ruling is a car crash for the Conservatives – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
  • Judges are now fair game for public scrutiny – Quentin Letts, The Sun
  • A devastating blow to a failed Prime Minister – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
  • Britain has become a republic, with Bercow at its head – Philip Johnson, Daily Telegraph
  • Supreme Court has laid bare Johnson’s ruse – Anthony Bradley, FT
  • Bad for democracy, or for the Prime Minister? – Richard Ekins vs Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

>Today: Stephen Laws in Comment: Why the Supreme Court ruling is a recipe for constitutional conflict

London Assembly gives Prime Minister two weeks to explain links to entrepreneur

“Boris Johnson has been given two weeks by London’s assembly to explain his relationship with an American entrepreneur who received up to £126,000 in public funds during the prime minister’s eight-year tenure as mayor of the UK capital. Len Duvall, chair of the Greater London Assembly oversight committee, has written to the prime minister requesting “details and a timeline of all contact” with Jennifer Arcuri during his time in office. Mr Johnson, who was mayor of London from 2008-2016, is facing questions over his failure to declare a potential conflict of interest… Mr Johnson has been asked to provide within 14 days an “explanation of how that alleged personal relationship was disclosed” to the assembly and “taken into account”.” – FT

  • Claim he visited her apartment for ‘IT lessons’ – The Sun


  • He can’t keep dodging scrutiny about is past – Gaby Hinsliff, The Guardian

UN 1) Johnson holds more talks with Varadkar in bid for Brexit deal

“Boris Johnson held Brexit talks with Ireland’s boss last night after EU chiefs told him it was crucial the pair strike a deal. The PM tried again to thrash out a replacement to the Irish backstop with Leo Varadkar last night. The pair met on the side lines of a UN summit in New York. At a similar meeting on Monday, The Sun has learned EU Council president Donald Tusk told Boris it was vital that he win round The Taoiseach to his alternative plan – and then Brussels is likely to also endorse it. Aides said Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar locked horns last night on the ‘consent principle’, which means given the Northern Ireland Assembly a veto on any divergence in rules from the rest of the UK.” – The Sun

UN 2) Hunt says UK ‘would repay’ £400 million to Iran

“The former UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said Britain would obey a court order to repay £400m to Iran, if the precise sum owed is agreed, but added the cash could not be linked to the release of the imprisoned British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He also said western policy towards Iran was not working, arguing Europe and the US needed to come together with a new policy that provided a ladder for Iran to climb down leading to sanctions relief. Hunt was speaking on the day the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, was scheduled to meet the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, in New York on the sidelines of the UN general assembly to discuss the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe.” – The Guardian

Corbyn promises ‘state drugs company’ to supply NHS…

“A Labour government would create a state-owned generic drugs company to supply cheap medicine to the National Health Service, Jeremy Corbyn has announced. The leader of the opposition used his set-piece speech at the Labour party conference to announce the initiative, dubbed “Medicines For The Many”, which would force established drugs companies to compete with the publicly-owned drugs maker. A Labour government would also legislate to force pharmaceutical companies to make their medicines “affordable for all” if they wanted public research funding, he said. It would also use compulsory licensing to secure generic versions of patented medicines.” – FT

  • Plan ‘could cost lives’ – The Sun


  • McDonnell would offer Number 11 to a homeless family – The Times

…as pressure grows on him over ‘rigged’ conference vote…

“Jeremy Corbyn faced more pressure over Labour’s Brexit stance as a row intensified over an alleged stitch-up at the party’s conference on Tuesday. Labour will fight the next general election without a position on leaving the EU after the Labour leader won a crunch vote, but there were claims that his supporters had rigged the result after chaotic scenes in the conference hall in Brighton. The conference chairwoman rejected an appeal to put the decision to a formal vote of eligible delegates and unions. Pro-Remain supporters cried foul, saying the hall was packed with Momentum supporters who raised their hands even though they did not have the right to vote.” – The Times

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Corbyn’s speech showed his fear of losing his anti-establishment street cred

Grenfell head hits out at attack on independent schools

“The head of the school at the foot of Grenfell Tower has praised private schools and urged Labour to abandon plans to abolish them. David Benson said some of his pupils were taking lessons at an independent school and that his academy had benefited from having teachers trained at fee-paying schools. The catchment area for Kensington Aldridge Academy ranks as one of the 10 per cent most deprived areas in the country, yet more than half of youngsters in the wider borough of Kensington and Chelsea are privately educated. Mr Benson, writing in The Times, said some of his sixth-formers were taking A levels free of charge – in subjects his school does not offer – at Godolphin and Latymer School two miles away.” – The Times

  • Labour is right to target privilege, but abolition is not the only path – Robert Verkaik, The Guardian
  • Abolishing independent schools won’t help my state pupils – David Benson, The Times
  • How dare these public schoolboys tell me what’s best for my kids – Paul Baldwin, Daily Express

Pelosi announces start of impeachment proceedings against Trump

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday launched what she designated a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump – giving in to demands from her party’s leading presidential candidates and an increasingly bellicose caucus that Congress should follow a path that could oust the sitting president. Pelosi announced in a televised statement that she’d opened an umbrella for numerous congressional investigations into the Republican president who Democrats say is in willful violation of the U.S. Constitution… Pelosi made the stylized announcement publicly from inside her Capitol office after informing her caucus privately of her decision in a basement meeting room below.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Judgment could provide sceptics of judicial power with their ‘Maastricht moment’ – Henry Hill, CapX
  • The Supreme Court’s decision is a constitutional outrage – Charles Day, The Spectator
  • British courts are becoming as politically predictable as the European Court of Justice – Peter Lilley, Brexit Central
  • In defence of the judges – Allan Massie, Reaction
  • How to make Britain One Nation again – David Skelton, UnHerd