The Queen

Following Her Majesty’s agreement to prorogue Parliament, she may be targeted says the Express.

MOMENTUM has sensationally targeted the Queen and called for protests outside Buckingham Palace as plans to suspend Parliament continue to spark fury.
An activist from the left-wing Corbynista group is calling for protests against the 93-year-old Queen, who this week granted Boris Johnson permission to prorogue Parliament for five weeks. Momentum activist Michael Chessum, who once dismissed Jeremy Corbyn’s “kinder politics” in favour of “heads on sticks” has organised a series of rallies to disrupt large towns and cities that could involve hundreds of thousands of protesters. He is encouraging “civil disobedience in whatever form it takes” including marching to Buckingham Palace and protesting against the Queen.
But his warning fails to take into account the Queen had no choice but to approve Mr Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament, as her role is procedural and dictated by convention.


Boris has spelled it out to Remainer MPs about what they’re doing, says BBC News.

The PM has warned MPs they are damaging his chances of getting a deal with the EU by trying to block a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson said the UK would leave the bloc “do or die” on 31 October – prompting some MPs to act to stop the UK leaving without an agreement.
But he said the more MPs try to block a no-deal Brexit, “the more likely it is that we’ll end up in that situation”.
It comes after the PM announced he would be suspending Parliament for five weeks over September and October.

ITV News has also quoted him.

Boris Johnson has said he is anxious MPs in Parliament may “undermine” the UK’s ability to strike a Brexit deal with the EU, claiming there is now “movement” in his negotiations.
He told ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener: “My anxiety is that stuff going on in Parliament can actually undermine the UK’s negotiating position.”
“There is movement under the keel,” he said, adding: “It’s therefore vital that our EU friends don’t constantly think at the back of their minds, hmm, this thing could be blocked in Parliament, Brexit could be thwarted.”

And the Times reports that if Brexit is stopped, politicians will be the losers.

Boris Johnson has warned Tory Remainers and opposition MPs that a generation of politicians will not be forgiven if they stop Britain from leaving the EU.
The prime minister also warned of “lasting and catastrophic damage to the major parties in this country” as he accused Tory rebels of damaging his chances of getting a deal with Brussels.
Speaking before of one of the most extraordinary clashes in parliamentary history next week, Mr Johnson told Sky News: “I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think at the back of their minds that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need.

He has suggested to the Mirror that proroguing Parliament is essential if he’s going to get a good deal with the EU.

Boris Johnson has suggested he can’t get a good Brexit deal from Europe without shutting down Parliament.
The Prime Minister faced outrage over his plans for a Parliament shutdown which would slash the amount of time MPs have to scrutinise and potentially block a no-deal Brexit .
But defending the plan in an interview today, Jonson suggested it was necessary to sideline Britain’s Parliamentary democracy in order to push through his Brexit plan.

The Independent says there won’t be another delay past the end of October.

The British government has ruled out a “technical” extension of the Brexit deadline to give parliament time to ratify a new deal.
UK chief negotiator David Frost held meetings with EU officials this week, the first in a stepped-up programme of talks that will see him return to Brussels every week.
A leaked EU diplomatic note seen by The Independent says that during the talks Mr Frost privately ruled out a “technical” extension to talks – which had been suggested given the time pressures on MPs.

But is Boris serious?  The Independent asks about his commitment.

Fresh doubts have been cast over Boris Johnson’s commitment to securing a Brexit deal after the government said it would not delay the UK’s departure from the EU even to give parliament time to approve a new agreement.
Mr Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Frost, ruled out a so-called “technical extension” during talks in Brussels this week, according to a leaked diplomatic memo seen by The Independent.
It raises the prospect that parliament could run out of time to ratify a Brexit deal even if the prime minister manages to secure a new agreement with Brussels.

Alternative Parliament

It seems MPs will set up somewhere else to debate Brexit, reports the Guardian.

More than 50 MPs from the main parties have pledged to occupy an alternative House of Commons if the prime minister suspends parliament in September, saying they are determined to continue to debate Brexit policy over the five-week period.
In a letter to the Guardian coordinated by Best for Britain, backbenchers from the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Change UK and Plaid Cymru said they would convene an alternative parliament should they be barred from the chamber.

And the Labour leader has endorsed direct action against Parliament, says Breitbart.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plot by hard-left supporters to occupy the Palace of Westminster and “shut down the streets” to protest Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue (temporarily suspend) Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline.
Laura Parker, National Co-ordinator for the Momentum group which acts as Mr Corbyn’s vanguard within the Labour Party, warned that “thousands of us… will join an occupation of Parliament and block the roads before we let Johnson close the doors on democracy,” claiming that the Prime Minister was “stealing our democracy so he can sell off our NHS to big US corporations in a no-deal, Trump first Brexit.”

Conservative Party

The Tory Party is splitting down the middle, reports the Times.

Tory rebels will tell the prime minister to his face that he has lost their trust before they try to take control of parliament and stop a no-deal Brexit.
Boris Johnson has agreed to meet the group, led by Philip Hammond, in his Commons office on Monday as they prepare to push through legislation that would require him to delay Brexit.
They have been infuriated by Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament for a month before a Queen’s Speech on October 14, a move that limits their chances of stopping no-deal.

The Mail says Boris is doing well in No. 10.

Boris Johnson‘s gamble in suspending Parliament to deliver Brexit received a major boost last night.
The Tory poll lead over Labour has nearly doubled in three weeks and most voters think the Queen was right to approve the Prime Minister’s request.
Even a fifth of Labour supporters believe Mr Johnson is doing a good job at No 10. Despite being an Old Etonian, he is seen as having more of the ‘common touch’ than Jeremy Corbyn.
The Survation poll for the Daily Mail is likely to fuel speculation as to how long Mr Corbyn can cling on as Labour leader.

Legal action

The courts are full of cases trying to block the prorogation.  The Times reports:

Three Labour MPs, including the deputy leader, have joined Sir John Major in an attempt to block Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament.
Tom Watson and his party colleagues Jess Phillips and Alex Sobel will attempt to intervene in a judicial review of the prime minister’s announcement of the prorogation.
Sir John, the Conservative prime minister in 1990-97, was the first to announce this morning that he would ask the court for permission to join the legal challenge led by Gina Miller, the Remain campaigner who successfully challenged the government over its plans to trigger Article 50 without MPs’ approval.

The Mail claims the first case has been thrown out.

Remainers today lost the first round of their court battle to stop Boris Johnson suspending Parliament in the run-up to Brexit.
A court in Edinburgh refused to grant an interim injunction blocking the PM from going ahead with proroguing the Houses before the legal case is heard in full next week.
However, the Prime Minister could now be forced to provide a written statement on oath justifying his reasons for the move and potentially be cross-examined in court.

BBC News also covered the court case.

A Scottish judge has refused to order a temporary halt to Boris Johnson’s plan to shut down the UK Parliament.
A group of 75 parliamentarians were seeking an interim interdict – similar to an injunction – at the Court of Session ahead of a full hearing.
Their request was declined by Lord Doherty, who said he was not satisfied there was a “cogent need” for an interdict.
However, the full hearing will now be heard next Tuesday, rather than Friday.

The case will be heard next week, says the Independent.

A Scottish judge has refused a legal bid to slap a temporary ban on Boris Johnson‘s move to suspend parliament.
Cross-party MPs and peers had filed a fast-track petition at the Court of Session, in Edinburgh, in an attempt to stop the prime minister from proroguing parliament for more than a month ahead of the 31 October Brexit deadline.
Judge Lord Doherty dismissed the request for an interim interdict but he agreed to fast-track the full hearing to 3 September.

And in Belfast, another court case has also been postponed, reports BBC News.

Legal action at the High Court in Belfast aimed at stopping the suspension of Parliament has been adjourned until next week.
At the hearing on Friday, a lawyer acting for Troubles victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord argued a no-deal Brexit would “create turmoil” in NI.
Mr McCord is seeking an urgent injunction to force the prime minister to reverse his plans.
His lawyers contend the move is unconstitutional.

Irish backstop

Meanwhile, the Times reports that there IS an alternative to the backstop problem.

The government has insisted that Britain has an alternative to the Irish backstop after growing complaints from Brussels that nothing credible has been put forward.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Helsinki have expressed concern at the lack of detail from Britain as the clock ticks on the October 31 Brexit deadline.
“We all want to get a deal, but, at the moment, nothing credible has come from the UK government in terms of alternatives to the backstop,” said Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister.

But apparently an old border customs post is being rebuilt says the Telegraph.

Ireland has turned an old customs post on its border with the UK into a construction site, raising fears that it could soon be used to carry out checks on goods in a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario.
The site of the old customs post, which sits on the edge of the Republic of Ireland side of the border in the town of Lifford, was demolished and resurfaced earlier this year and a “keep out” sign has been fixed on the entrance.
It comes after Northern Irish police on the other side of the border cancelled the sale of a police station in Castlederg as a precautionary measure, in case backup forces were required to maintain order.


Looks like the Squeaker won’t listen to his advisers, says the Times.

John Bercow is on course for a “collision” with his most senior advisers as he prepares to give MPs the power to thwart Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans, Westminster insiders have said.
The Speaker, who had already repeatedly stated his determination to give the Commons a chance to block no-deal, is furious with the prime minister’s decision to prorogue parliament.
Mr Bercow is expected to grant an emergency debate next Tuesday to enable MPs to wrestle control of the order paper from the government. This would give them, and subsequently members of the Lords too, a few sitting days until prorogation to pass legislation seeking to delay or block Brexit.


Despite Boris’ vow that there won’t be another extension to the deadline, the Telegraph reports that the bloc might offer one.

The EU wants to extend Article 50 to avoid a no deal Brexit, it has emerged, as Eurosceptic MPs said Brussels was starting to crack under the pressure applied by Boris Johnson.
Emmanuel Macron was said to be ready to “withdraw” the October 31 deadline, and the European Commission said another extension was “obviously a possibility” in a clear softening of its position ahead of intensive negotiations next week.
The EU believes that by offering an extension it will undermine Mr Johnson’s argument that Brexit has to happen in two months’ time “deal or no deal”, but Brexiteers cited the news as evidence that Brussels is starting to panic.

The Express reports the claim is by an ex Prime Minister.

THE European Union is poised to pull the plug on the current October 31 deadline to “remove any excuse” Boris Johnson has for forcing through a no deal Brexit, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sensationally claimed.
Mr Brown, citing conversations with European leaders in recent days, made his remarks during the inaugural meeting of Our Scottish Future think tank in Edinburgh. He claimed Mr Macron, widely regarded as the driving force behind the deadline when it was agreed in April, was no longer insisting upon it.
Mr Brown suggested Mr Macron had demanded the six-month extension as opposed to a year in order to “sound tough” to a domestic audience in the run-up to the European elections.

The Mail agrees.

European leaders are now prepared to scrap the October 31 Brexit deadline, according to Gordon Brown as Eurosceptic MPs claim Brussels is beginning to panic.
The former prime minister yesterday claimed that French president Emmanuel Macron is no longer opposed to extending the deadline for the UK leaving the EU.
He said: ‘I believe that next week the European Union will withdraw the October 31 deadline and remove the excuse that Boris Johnson has and the claim that he’s making that it’s the EU that is being inflexible.’
Mr Brown added that he hopes an attempt in the House of Commons to pass a law preventing a No Deal Brexit is successful.

The Telegraph reports further turmoil on the Continent

“Tremendous” debt levels pose a major challenge to the eurozone and its economic policymakers, top European Central Bank official Ewald Nowotny warned in his last week on the governing council.
In the past, he said, wars and bouts of severe inflation have cleared out these debts, but that has not happened in recent history, leaving the continent with an unprecedented economic challenge.
“The fortune of a now 74-year peace period has inevitably led to the problem of a tremendous accumulation of wealth on one side and debts on the other,” he told the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung.


Billions of pounds has been earmarked for schools reports Sky News.

Boris Johnson is promising a cash boost totalling more than £14bn for primary and secondary schools over the next three years.
The prime minister revealed the increase ahead of next week’s spending review, where Chancellor Sajid Javid will announce updated budgets for government departments.
In an interview with Sky News, ahead of Mr Javid’s speech, Mr Johnson appeared to commit himself to fiscal rules drawn up by former Chancellor Philip Hammond.
The prime minister vowed to “continue to keep debt coming down every year” despite his series of spending pledges, including on the NHS, police and now education, since entering Number 10 in July.

The Independent also reports the windfall.

Schools in England are set to be given a long-awaited cash boost after Boris Johnson has pledged to invest more than £14bn in to the sector over the next three years.
The announcement comes after education unions and grassroots campaigners have warned of a worsening “funding crisis” which has left schools starved of resources and forced to make staff cuts.
After years of campaigning for adequate funding for cash-strapped schools, the prime minister has promised a £2.6bn rise for 2020-21, £4.8bn for 2021-22 and £7.1bn for 2022-23.
An extra £700m will also be allocated for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) from 2020 amid concerns these pupils have been left without suitable provision.


The Mail suggests we won’t have to worry about climate change.

Bugs that cannot be killed by anti-biotics could wipe out humanity ‘before climate change does’, England’s chief medical officer warned yesterday.
Professor Dame Sally Davies said: ‘Antibiotics underpin modern medicine – you can’t have gut surgery, replacement hips, all sorts of surgery without risking infection.
‘At least 10 million could die every year if we don’t get on top of this.’
Dame Sally, who leaves her post next month after nine years, also warned against importing meat or fish from countries that ‘misuse’ antibiotics in farming after Brexit.

And the Times says the dearth of GPs is down to pensions and workloads.

The pensions crisis and high workloads are partly to blame for 1,000 general practice partners leaving the NHS in the year since June last year.
The figures from NHS Digital are equivalent to about one in 20 partners — doctors based permanently at a practice that they run. The GPs blamed “overly burdensome admin”, pressured working conditions and the strict new pension rules that disproportionately penalise senior NHS staff.
Overall, the number of fully qualified GPs working in England, including locums, fell by 576 (2 per cent) in the year to June this year. The number of GP partners fell by 5.3 per cent (1,035) to 18,511.


There’s a slightly alarming story in the Telegraph.

Tiny brains grown in a lab using stem cells have begun transmitting brainwaves similar to that of a pre-term baby.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego used human skin to create stem cells before gently altering them to replicate the development of the human brain in an embryo.
After just weeks in the nutrient-rich environment the mini-brains, each about the size of a pea, began to spike in electrical activity.
“We couldn’t believe it at first — we thought our electrodes were malfunctioning,” said researcher Alysson Muotri. “Because the data were so striking, I think many people were kind of sceptical about it, and understandably so.”

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