Prorogation

Telegraph
MPs trying to thwart Brexit have been accused of risking a “constitutional crisis” by the minister who personally asked the Queen to shut down Parliament for five weeks. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the Commons, hit back at those who accused Boris Johnson of being undemocratic, reminding them that Parliament’s duty was to “respect the will of the voters” who had chosen to leave the EU. Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament from the second week of September until October 14 prompted a furious response from Remainers, who vowed to block a no-deal Brexit by any means possible. Protesters also took to the streets in Westminster and around the country.

Times
Boris Johnson pushed Britain to the brink of a constitutional crisis yesterday after asking the Queen to suspend parliament in a move that could thwart attempts to stop a no-deal Brexit. The prime minister surprised Tory rebels and opposition parties by announcing plans to prorogue parliament for a month before a Queen’s Speech on October 14, the longest suspension for more than 40 years. The move dragged the Queen into a political dispute as Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, wrote to her urging her to overturn Mr Johnson’s decision.

Independent
Boris Johnson has been accused of committing a “constitutional outrage” after he asked the Queen to allow him to suspend parliament for five weeks until 14 October. Opposition leaders believe the move is an attempt to stop them from blocking a no-deal Brexit, prompting critics to accuse him of acting like a “tin-pot dictator”. In a day of high drama, protesters descended on Westminster demanding the PM “stops the coup”, with hundreds over a million people signing a petition against prorogation within hours.

Mail
Boris Johnson told his Cabinet yesterday the EU would think ‘these guys really are serious’ following his dramatic decision to prorogue Parliament for a month leaving Remainer rebels little time to prevent No Deal. On a conference call with senior ministers the PM said Brussels was more likely to offer Britain a deal if it thought that parliament could no longer ‘frustrate’ Brexit.

Huffington Post
It was a tightly kept secret, despite weeks of careful planning and intensive ‘wargaming’ within No.10.  Only a handful of cabinet ministers were in the loop about Boris Johnson’s Queen’s Speech-prorogation plan, with a strict ‘need to know’ list of insiders primed for the bombshell announcement on Tuesday. The first that some of the cabinet knew of the idea was when they were tipped to expect a conference call, while some ministers only learned of the news when it leaked out into the political Twittersphere.

Mirror
A legal bid has been launched to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament. Remain activists branded the PM’s plans an “assault on democracy” as they submitted a motion to Edinburgh’s Court of Session – the highest civil court in Scotland – asking for the move to be suspended. The case is being taken by a cross-party group of more than 70 MPs and peers, with the support of the Good Law Project led by QC Jolyon Maugham.

Sky News
A legal move has already been launched against Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament ahead of Brexit. A group of more than 70 MPs and peers of various political parties are behind the filing of a petition at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Earlier this month, a judge agreed to accelerate the timetable for the legal challenge against a prorogation of parliament to take place, setting the date for a substantive hearing as 6 September.

Bank Holiday

Sun
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.

WA

Express
NIGEL FARAGE has warned Boris Johnson against “reheating” former Prime Minister Theresa May’s grim Brexit deal. The  Brexit Party leader fears the Prime Minister is “stepping into very dangerous territory” by trying to push through his predecessor’s failed deal. Mr Farage took aim at Mr Johnson following his meeting with the Queen on Tuesday to prorogue Parliament. The Monarch with deliver a Queen’s Speech to Parliament on October 14, after the suspension

ITV News
Boris Johnson’s pledge to remove the controversial backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement is not enough for the European Research Group to back his proposed Brexit deal, ERG deputy chairman Mark Francois has told ITV News. Mr Francois, speaking on the ITV News podcast Acting Prime Minister, told ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand the prime minister must honour his promise to kill off Theresa May’s negotiated deal with the European Union. The de facto whip of the ERG confirmed he would push the Eurosceptic wing  of the Conservative Party to vote against the party’s new leader, a block vote which will increase the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal.

Westmonster
Brexiteer MP Mark Francois has made it abundantly clear that he, along with some of his Conservative colleagues, will not vote for a tweaked version of Theresa May’s Treaty.  With Boris Johnson still focusing on changing only the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement, Francois was asked by ITV’s Paul Brand if he would vote for the deal minus the backstop and was clear: “No.” Francois highlighted how Boris had “absolutely adamantly promised us that the Withdrawal Agreement was dead”, with Francois insisted that “I’m not voting for the Withdrawal Agreement and I suspect neither will make of my colleagues”.

Bercow

Mail
John Bercow called the suspension of Parliament a ‘constitutional outrage’ and an ‘offence against the democratic process’. But pro-Brexit MPs accused him of hypocrisy this evening as he has openly admitted breaking convention by aiding the Remain side in the Commons. Rather than being an impartial figure, as tradition dictates, Bercow has sided with the Government’s opponents. He helped facilitate the defeat of Theresa May‘s Withdrawal Agreement and he prevented MPs from voting on an amendment to rule out a second referendum.

Guardian
The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, issued a stinging criticism of Boris Johnson’s intention to prorogue parliament, describing it as a constitutional outrage aimed at preventing MPs from debating Brexit. In a furious statement he said he had not been consulted by the prime minister, who he said risked undermining his democratic credentials. Bercow is expected to ensure the Commons has a chance to discuss the move, and table legislation to combat no deal, as soon as it returns from the summer recess. “I have had no contact from the government, but if the reports that it is seeking to prorogue parliament are confirmed, this move represents a constitutional outrage,” he said.

Remainers

Mail
As anti No Deal campaigners have been venting their fury tonight in the aftermath of Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks starting on September 9. It gives Remainer MPs just days to spring their plot to stop No Deal after Parliament returns on Tuesday, September 3. Their next chance will be on October 14, when Brexit day is just two weeks away.   Rebel and opposition MPs are trying to prevent a No Deal Brexit, either by legislating to delay Brexit or by bringing down the Government in a vote of no confidence.

Guardian
Rebel MPs from across the political spectrum are gearing up for a historic parliamentary clash next week, after Boris Johnson announced plans to suspend parliament for a critical five-week period in the run-up to Brexit. Conservative and opposition MPs took part in a series of hastily convened conference calls on Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to prevent a no-deal outcome, after the prime minister confirmed he had obtained permission from the Queen to prorogue parliament.

Labour Party

Times
Labour MPs reacted to Boris Johnson’s prorogation manoeuvre by calling for parliament to be occupied, a general strike and the abolition of the monarchy. Within minutes of Jeremy Corbyn’s first response, condemning the move as “an outrage and a threat to our democracy”, a member of his top team went further. Dawn Butler, shadow minister for women and equalities, wrote on Twitter: “No matter how you voted, Boris cannot be allowed to close parliament. I along with my colleagues will occupy parliament.”

Express
LABOUR MP Clive Lewis has said police will have to drag him from the chamber of House of Commons if Boris Johnson succeeds in suspending Parliament ahead of Brexit. The Norwich South MP said he and others would fight to defend democracy and would urge Remainers to take the streets if the Prime Minister pressed ahead with his plans. He told followers on Twitter: “If Boris shuts down Parliament to carry out his no deal Brexit, I and other MPs will defend democracy.” He continued: “The police will have to remove us from the chamber. “We will call on people to take to the streets. “We will call an extraordinary session of Parliament.”

TBP

Express
NIGEL FARAGE should remain at the heart of Brexit, an Express.co.uk poll has indicated, with readers saying the Brexit Party leader should not be cast aside simply because Boris Johnson is now Prime Minister.  Some readers said Boris Johnson should not be trusted to deliver a clean break from the EU on October, despite identifying as a Brexiteer, with accusations the new PM is already “finished” as a politician. Nigel Farage launched a furious attack against the Prime Minister and his tactics of taking Britain out of the EU by October 31 during a speech setting out his party’s plans for a general election on Tuesday.

Scotland

Times
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.

Mail
The leader of the Scottish Conservative Party is set to stand down. Ruth Davidson will announce her resignation on Thursday. She and her partner had their first child in October and Ms Davidson is believed to be stepping down partly due to pressures of motherhood but also after finding herself ‘increasingly at odds’ with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sources said. Her resignation will come in the aftermath of Boris Johnson announcing plans to temporarily suspend Parliament, but a spokesman said the announcement was planned days ago and is not a reaction to today’s dramatic political events.

Sky News
Boris Johnson is facing a Brexit backlash after suspending parliament – and the fightback is starting with the Tories’ Scottish leader Ruth Davidson poised to explain her shock resignation. Her decision to quit emerged just hours after the prime minister’s big announcement. It is a huge blow for Mr Johnson and could cost him up to a dozen seats in Scotland in a general election. Senior Tories are citing two reasons for Ms Davidson’s resignation: “family and Boris”. She recently returned to work from maternity leave after becoming the mother of a son, Finn, with her partner, Jen Wilson.

iNews
Efforts to recruit more GPs in Scotland have only had “limited success” so far despite millions of pounds being spent on various initiatives, the nation’s public spending watchdog has warned. Only 39 extra doctors are working in the NHS despite ministers spending £7.5m over three years as they tried to bolster the primary care workforce, Audit Scotland said. In a report published on Thursday, it warned under the current circumstances it would be “challenging” for the Scottish Government to hit its target of recruiting an extra 800 GPs by 2027.

GE

Independent
Chancellor Sajid Javid’s spending review next week is a “panic measure” designed to pave the way for a snap election, John McDonnell is to say.   In a speech on Thursday ahead of Mr Javid’s 4 September statement, Mr McDonnell will warn that any spending boost for public services will last only long enough to get the Tories through an election campaign. And he will predict that Boris Johnson’s spending tap will be turned off again once the campaign is over and the reality of a no-deal Brexit starts to impact on the public finances.

EU

Telegraph
Be careful what you wish for in Italian politics. The exile of the volcanic Matteo Salvini is a Faustian Bargain for the EU establishment and the defenders of the euro project.  There must be a high chance that the Lega strongman – and de facto leader of the Continent’s anti-EU rebellion – will sweep back into power with an overwhelming majority next year or soon after.  He may then be strong enough to push revolutionary changes through the Italian constitutional system that would be impossible sooner: a New Deal spending blitz backed by a politically-controlled Bank of Italy and a parallel “minibot”  currency that neutralises the enforcement tools of the European Central Bank.

Independent
MEPs from across the EU are organising to trigger a formal investigation into the British government for breaching of the rule of law because of Boris Johnson’s “disturbing” move to suspend parliament, The Independent can reveal. EU parliamentarians are circulating an emergency question to the European Commission calling for action under Article 7 of the EU’s founding treaty, which has been used to censure countries such as Poland and Hungary when their governments have been deemed to be undermining democracy or fundamental rights

Mail
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt has taken aim at Boris Johnson  after the PM announced a ‘sinister’ five-week suspension of Parliament.  Mr Verhofstadt, who is Brexit co-ordinator for the European Parliament, warned that ‘suppressing debate on profound choices is unlikely to help deliver a stable future EU-UK relationship’.   Mocking the Vote Leave slogan promoted by Mr Johnson during the referendum campaign in 2016, he said: ‘Taking back control has never looked so sinister’.  ‘As a fellow parliamentarian, my solidarity with those fighting for their voices to be heard,’ he added.

Fox News
If the United Kingdom makes a clean break from the European Union on Oct. 31 and continues to prosper on its own, it could mean the end of the Brussels-based bloc, according to Nigel Farage. Farage claimed Wednesday on “Your World” that the EU is a key piece to the globalist view of the world and Brexit would be a major blow to that “project.” “Us breaking free, us two years down the road being — seeming to do well, will be the end of the European Union,” Farage said.

Guardian
European sources have warned that Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament for five weeks has increased the chances of a no-deal Brexit, while a leading MEP said: “Taking back control has never looked so sinister.” The plan to suspend parliament for five weeks, which would drastically reduce MPs’ ability to influence changes to the withdrawal agreement or seek a delay, is seen in Brussels as a move to overpower rebels and force through Johnson’s Brexit agenda. The European parliament’s coordinator on Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt, said the move was unlikely to deliver a stable future relationship.

Grooming gang

Times
Six men have been convicted of sex offences against girls in Rotherham in the latest phase of an inquiry into the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers. They were found guilty of crimes against seven children, all of whom were under 16, between 1998 and 2002. Victims were given drugs and alcohol and some were raped by several men. Yesterday’s verdicts followed a five-week trial at Sheffield crown court, which was told that the teenagers were preyed upon by men who often picked them up outside their schools.

Education

Times
Head teachers have welcomed leaked plans suggesting billions of pounds more for education but said that funding must be immediate and sustained to address the shortfall in school budgets. A one-off boost would not be enough, they said, and the promise to increase teachers’ minimum salary to £30,000 would have to be fully funded by government rather than schools. Government sources said that a confidential briefing document indicating that the Department for Education was preparing to announce extra funding of £3.5 billion, was only the start of negotiations with the Treasury, and that no figures had been ratified.

Sun
BORIS Johnson has planned a £3.5billion schools splurge including a pay boost for teachers to £30k-a-year. The basic-wage boost will be put in place by 2022 while the government works on a number of other educational measures including teachers being able to use “reasonable force”. Primary and secondary schools will receive an additional £2.8bn, while facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities will get £800m. The details for an extra £800m for sixth form and further education colleges are still under discussion with the Treasury, it is believed.

Guardian
Ministers have been accused of trying to act tough over proposed education reforms that would emphasise excluding unruly children from schools and using “reasonable force” against them. The plans are outlined in leaked documents seen by the Guardian that also set out government plans to announce within days billions of pounds in new funding and a further wave of free schools. “We know the role that school exclusions have played in the rise of knife crime, but once again the Tories are trying to sound tough whilst failing to look at the evidence,” said the Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman, Layla Moran.

NHS

Mail
The health watchdog is being taken to court over claims it has breached human rights by not approving a drug to treat a cruel and deadly syndrome. NICE controversially rejected the only available medication to treat one type of Batten disease for use on the NHS in England in draft guidance in February. Outraged families – including the parents of a boy once cradled by Prince Harry in hospital – launched legal action to get cerliponase alfa available. The High Court has now announced it will hold a judicial review into legality of the decision.

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