The Prime Minister has denied lying to the Queen about the reasons for proroguing parliament.
Boris Johnson told reporters claims that it was “absolutely not” true he had made a false representation to Her Majesty when he sough the five-week suspension.
Yesterday a Scottish court argued that the prorogation was “unlawful” and that the principal reasons for sending MPs away was not in the run-up to a new Queen’s Speec but rather “to allow the executive to pursue a policy of no deal Brexit without further parliamentary interference”.
The case will now held to the UK Supreme Court next Tuesday.
During a visit to HMS Belfast in London today, Johnson said: “The High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide. We need a Queen’s Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”
He added: “Parliament will have time, both before and after that crucial summit on 17-18 October. We’re working very hard… I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you do it. It will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.”
The rumours are increasingly that Number 10 plans to make proposals around an all-Ireland arrangement, at least for agri-foods, after Johnson’s comments in Dublin on Monday.
But any suggestion that this would be a Northern Ireland-only backstop in all but name will infuriate unionists, particularly the Conservative’s confidence and supply partners the DUP. It is also likely to provoke a rebellion from the more ardent Eurosceptics and members of the ERG.
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