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
LIAM FOX has issued a stern warning to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if he fails to support the Prime Minister’s vote for a general election. The leading Brexiteer issued a shocking ultimatum in the Daily Telegraph, stating that there either needs to be a general election or the Government needs to implement the result of the referendum. He said that allowing a general election would be a “proper people’s vote”. Dr Fox added: “Either Parliament gets serious about implementing the result of the referendum without the party political games that have bedevilled the past three years or it decides to have a proper people’s vote and allow a general election to create a new House of Commons.”
Jeremy Corbyn has used his Labour conference speech to repeat his call for “unelected” Boris Johnson to resign and become the shortest-serving prime minister in British history. The Labour leader told party members that the UK faces an “extraordinary and precarious moment” following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Mr Johnson’s suspension of parliament was unlawful. Mr Corbyn’s keynote speech in Brighton was brought forward to Tuesday following the unanimous verdict of 11 judges at the UK’s highest court – as MPs are now going to be returning to Westminster on Wednesday.
Boris Johnson hit back at the Supreme Court’s ruling that suspending Parliament was unlawful as he accused people of wanting to “frustrate Brexit” and “stop this country coming out of the EU”. Responding to the verdict from New York, the Prime Minister said: “I strongly disagree with what the justices have found.” Mr Johnson added that while he did not “think that it’s right”, he would respect the decision and that Parliament would return. He reiterated his stance on Brexit, that the “most important thing” was to deliver Brexit on Oct 31. “Clearly the claimants in this case are determined to frustrate that and to stop that,” he added.
Boris Johnson said he “strongly disagrees” with the Supreme Court’s judgment that his decision to suspend parliament was unlawful and claimed that the case was part of a plot to frustrate Brexit. The prime minister said he would “respect” the judges’ ruling but believed those who brought the legal case against the government were “determined” to stop Britain leaving the EU on October 31. The cases were brought by the businesswoman Gina Miller in England and a number of MPs in Scotland headed by the SNP’s Joanna Cherry.
BORIS Johnson has blasted the Supreme Court ruling that his Parliament shutdown was unlawful – and says he won’t quit as PM. After 11 top judges derailed his Brexit plan, Mr Johnson said today: “I strongly disagree with this decision of the Supreme Court” and demanded Jeremy Corbyn vote for a general election. The judgement means Boris’ decision to close Parliament has been cancelled – and it’s no longer shut down. As the stunning judgement shocked Westminster today: The PM said MPs would return to the Commons and have “plenty of time” to debate over Brexit.
Furious Boris Johnson tonight demanded an election to resolve the mounting Brexit crisis after judges dramatically ruled he had broken the law by suspending Parliament. The Prime Minister made no effort to hide his anger at the bombshell verdict from the Supreme Court, which found his decision to prorogue the Commons for five weeks was ‘unlawful, void and of no effect’. Swiping that ‘a lot of people want to frustrate Brexit’, Mr Johnson refused to apologise and complained that his task of getting a deal with the EU had yet again been made more difficult. The extraordinary events in London have laid waste to the premier’s carefully choreographed trip to New York for a UN summit, where he had hoped to break the deadlock in talks with EU leaders and thrash out details of a Transatlantic trade agreement with Donald Trump.
Boris Johnson is returning the UK to face urgent questions in parliament after the Supreme Court declared his government unlawfully shut it down for five weeks. The prime minister was forced to cut short his trip to the UN General Assembly in New York to attend the House of Commons at 11.30am on Wednesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Mr Johnson to “consider his position” following the landmark decision, while Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said he was “not fit” to be PM.
Boris Johnson has repeated his condemnation of a landmark ruling by Britain’s highest court that his suspension of parliament was unlawful, saying he “profoundly” disagreed with the decision and indicating he could take the same action again. Speaking alongside Donald Trump at the UN general assembly in New York as they went into a meeting together, Johnson said: “As I said earlier on, let’s be absolutely clear that we respect the judiciary in our country and we respect the court. I disagree profoundly with what they had to say.”
There is no precedent for the Supreme Court finding that a PM acted unlawfully when advising the serving monarch. There is no precedent for the Supreme Court ruling that an order in the Privy Council to prorogue parliament is nul and void. There is no precedent at all for the August and Magisterial ceremony in parliament that sends MPs and Lords home being ruled by judges as a pointless exercise that should now be viewed as never having taken place. There is no precedent for judges to have ruled that parliament is in effect still sitting, that legislation that had been thought to have been lost is in effect still alive, after MPs and Lords had been told by the PM that there services were not required for five weeks.
Boris Johnson’s attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, faces embarrassment after his advice saying suspending parliament was lawful was leaked to Sky News. Last month a Scottish court released the minutes of the telephone conference call between cabinet ministers, with certain sections redacted. Sky News has been leaked the text of one of the redacted sections, which reveals that Mr Cox said it was lawful and anyone disputing this was doing so for political reasons. The unredacted version of the copy says: “The attorney general said that his advice on the question of the law is that this was lawful and within the constitution.
Conservative Party conference
The Conservative Party conference has been thrown into chaos by Labour and former Tory MPs who are preparing to ensure that parliament is sitting at the same time. The government is expected to table a motion tomorrow calling for a short conference recess on Monday and Tuesday next week. The Conservative Party conference runs from Saturday to Wednesday. However, Labour said that it would not support any attempt to limit parliamentary time after the Supreme Court ruling. It means that Tory MPs are likely to have to shuttle between London and Manchester while parliament is sitting.
The UK supreme court ruling against Boris Johnson was celebrated in EU capitals and has left Brussels convinced that the prime minister has lost control of events and will not be able to crash Britain out on 31 October. As Lady Hale, the president of the UK’s highest court, read out its unanimous judgment, politicians, officials and diplomats involved in the Brexit talks spoke of their reassurance about the state of the rule of law in the UK. The decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks in order to avoid parliamentary scrutiny had already provoked criticism by senior politicians in the European parliament, and the court’s confirmation on Tuesday that Johnson’s move was unlawful was welcomed.
Boris Johnson’s hopes of building diplomatic momentum behind a Brexit deal suffered a blow yesterday as EU leaders reassessed his chances of staying in power after the Supreme Court ruling. Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator, said he saw “no particular reason for optimism” as Mr Johnson met Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, and Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, in New York.
BREXIT and a speedy decline in trade has made the Eurozone economy grind to a near halt, it has emerged. The Eurozone economy has come dangerously slow to stalling completely this month due to the threat of a no deal Brexit that has had a knock-on effect by sparking the fastest fall in manufacturing output in seven years. Germany is bearing the brunt of the crippling issues after a survey of private sector activity found the US-China trade war has left Berlin in the worst position it has been in since 2009, The Guardian reports. The year-long slowdown has triggered fears once-powerful Germany is facing an imminent recession after Chancellor Angela Merkel managed to battle one off earlier this year.
John Bercow delivered a thinly-veiled threat to allow more Remainer wrecking tactics today – as he announced MPs will return to Parliament tomorrow in the wake of the bombshell Supreme Court ruling. A clearly jubilant Commons Speaker moved to seize the initiative from Boris Johnson as he praised the ‘unambiguous’ ruling that the PM’s prorogation of Westminster was illegal. Mr Bercow – who staged a protest in the House when the ‘abnormal’ suspension was forced through earlier this month – said it was not possible to have the regular Wednesday PMQs session.
The House of Commons is to sit on Wednesday at 11.30, with “full scope for urgent questions, ministerial statements and applications for emergency debates”, Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced. There will be no half-hour session of questions to the prime minister, as is normally part of the Commons routine on Wednesdays. MPs began returning to Westminster even before the announcement was made, with one Labour MP issuing a demand for “Liar Johnson” to turn up to be grilled in the Commons. Meanwhile the Speaker of the Lords, Lord Fowler, announced that the Upper House will sit from 3pm on Wednesday and 11am on Thursday.
JOHN BERCOW has issued a scathing statement in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling today that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. Read the Speaker’s full statement here. Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, the UK’s highest court has declared. A panel of 11 justices at the Supreme Court in London gave their decision on Tuesday in a ruling on the legality of the Prime Minister’s advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament until October 14. What did the Speaker – who has been hugely critical of the Prime Minister’s decision – say about the ruling?
Labour MPs from across Britain vowed today to campaign for Remain in a second referendum despite Jeremy Corbyn defeating a move to adopt such a stance as party policy. The Labour leader wants to put off until after the next election deciding between campaigning for Remain, Leave or staying neutral in another referendum where there would be a choice between a newly negotiated Brexit deal or staying in the EU. He called on the voting muscle of trade unions yesterday to scupper a grassroots membership motion at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton to make it a Remain-campaigning party.
Jeremy Corbyn has signalled he will not call a confidence vote in Boris Johnson, despite Labour frontbenchers warning it would be “unthinkable” to let the Prime Minister off the hook. Opposition leaders and MPs lined up to demand the Prime Minister’s resignation, after the Supreme Court ruled that his prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, null and void. But despite the demands of some allies, Mr Corbyn told Labour’s Brighton conference that he would not move to trigger a general election until a no-deal Brexit had been taken off the table.
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to cave in to demands for a no confidence vote tabled against Boris Johnson – despite the SNP and Lib Dems calling for one. In a bizarre move, the veteran left-winger has refused to table a motion that calls into the question the leadership of embattled Mr Johnson, who today suffered another blow to his Brexit plan when the Supreme Court ruled it was illegal for him to prorogue Parliament. The Lib Dems have joined forces with Nicola Sturgeon’s party and said they will back a no confidence vote, adding they now believe Brexit will not happen on Halloween, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Jeremy Corbyn has demanded Boris Johnson “resign now” in a damning Labour conference speech. Party members erupted into cheers of “Johnson out!” as the Labour leader said Mr Johnson was “not fit to be Prime Minister” after losing a Supreme Court showdown. Opening his 42-minute annual address in Brighton, Mr Corbyn declared: “He will never shut down our democracy or silence the voices of us, the people.” He added: “Boris Johnson has been found to have misled the country. This unelected Prime minister should now resign.” It came as Mr Corbyn hastily rewrote, cut down and moved forward his conference speech by a day after the Supreme Court ruled Parliament could sit again from 11.30am tomorrow.
Jeremy Corbyn called on Labour supporters to rally behind an election “to put the people in power” – but said he does not want one just yet. Addressing the party conference in Brighton, Mr Corbyn said he wished to take on Boris Johnson with the “biggest people-powered campaign this country has ever seen”. Hitting out at the government after today’s Supreme Court ruling, which said the suspension of Parliament was unlawful, Mr Corbyn said: “This crisis can only be settled with a general election. “That election needs to take place as soon as this government’s threat of a disastrous no deal is taken off the table.” In a direct message to the Prime Minister, he said: “Let me send this message to Boris Johnson: if you still lead your party into an election we know your campaign will be swimming in cash.
Jeremy Corbyn will not back a general election until after Boris Johnson has been forced to delay Brexit beyond October 31, the Labour leader told his party’s conference this afternoon. In a speech brought forward by a day after the Supreme Court ruled that Mr Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, Mr Corbyn refused once again to allow the prime minister to go to the polls. The Labour leader opened his address to a conference marred by party infighting over his deputy, Tom Watson, and Brexit strategy by warning of an “extraordinary and precarious moment in our country’s history”. Mr Corbyn said: “This crisis can only be settled with a general election.
Jeremy Corbyn used the Brexit court case fallout today to sideline his deputy Tom Watson and force him to cancel a speech to party members likely to prove deeply uncomfortable to the Labour leader. Mr Corbyn was due to give his own keynote address to the party conference in Brighton tomorrow but brought it forward to late this afternoon so he can be in London to attend parliament in the morning. Organisers agreed to move Mr Watson’s speech to tomorrow to accommodate Mr Corbyn. But with Mr Watson also needed back in Westminster when the Commons sits at 11.30, he was given little choice but to cancel the address.
Thousands of climate change activists are set to bring central London to a standstill next month – promising protests larger than those seen in April. Members of Extinction Rebellion will occupy areas of the capital for two weeks from October 7, urging the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change. It will form part of an ‘International Rebellion’, which organisers hope will see demonstrations in 60 cities across the world including in Paris, New York, Buenos Aires and Delhi. Protesters are expected to block roads, bridges and transport links as they shut down capital cities around the world in a bid to get governments’ attention.
Customers of Tui and First Choice face last-minute holiday cancellations because Thomas Cook was included as a tour operator. The airline went bust yesterday, causing devastation for flyers who’d booked with the firm. Today it emerged that holiday providers who had Thomas Cook booked in for future journeys are also being affected – with entire breaks being scrapped because the airline was supposed to provide their flights. Tui scrapped bookings up until the end of October due to featuring flights by the airline. A spokesperson said: ‘We’ve unfortunately had to cancel TUI and First Choice bookings featuring Thomas Cook flights for any customers due to travel from Monday 23rd September until 31st October.’
A new UN report is set to warn that climate change is having a significant impact on the oceans, with millions in coastal communities facing flooding and sea level rise. The latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) comes after countries met at the UN in a push to increase efforts to cut emissions to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.The summit heard from teenage activist Greta Thunberg who set out the scale of the challenge in curbing emissions as she criticised world leaders for failing to take action, with the refrain: “How dare you?” The new study, which examines the oceans, coasts and the cryosphere or frozen areas of the world, is expected to warn of huge increases in flooding damage, melting ice caps and glaciers and more ocean heatwaves that bleach and kill coral.