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Brexit: Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen about reasons for

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenNorthern Ireland judges rule Boris Johnson prorogation is lawfulCo-op warns of no-deal Brexit food shortages and price hikesEuropean parliament to attack UK treatment of EU citizens 12.52pm BST In his broadcast interview this morning Boris Johnson claimed that the government’s position on prorogation had been endorsed by the high court in London. (See 10.50am.) It is worth stressing that that is a very partial account of what the high court actually said. It rejected the claim that prorogation was unlawful. But it did not accept Johnson’s argument that his decision to prorogue had nothing to do with wanting to limit the opportunities for MPs to frustrate a no-deal Brexit. The court did not take a view on this at all. Instead it rejected the legal challenge on the grounds that decisions to prorogue parliament are inherently political, and therefore outside the scope of the courts. 12.41pm BST Here is more from the ruling in the Belfast high court rejecting a challenge to prorogation and the government’s Brexit strategy. In his written judgment Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey said:I consider the characterisation of the subject matter of these proceedings as inherently and unmistakably political to be beyond plausible dispute. Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national. Continue reading…

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Author : Andrew Sparrow

Publish date : 2019-09-12 11:52:07

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