Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful (BBC News)

  • Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled.
  • A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister’s move.
  • The judges said the PM was attempting to prevent Parliament holding the government to account ahead of Brexit.
  • A UK government appeal against the ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court in London next week.
  • The Court of Session decision overturns an earlier ruling from the court, which said last week that Mr Johnson had not broken the law.

MPs demand Parliament be recalled after Scottish prorogation court ruling (BBC News)

  • Opposition MPs are demanding Parliament be recalled after a court ruling deemed its five-week closure unlawful.
  • Parliament was suspended on Tuesday, something Boris Johnson said was normal practice for a new government.
  • But critics claimed his intention was to avoid scrutiny in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October.
  • No 10 said it was “disappointed” but Parliament would remain prorogued pending its appeal to the Supreme Court, which will be heard on Tuesday.
  • Downing Street said it had been “consistent throughout” on why the current parliamentary session should be ended, a decision formally taken by the Queen earlier this month on the advice of Mr Johnson.

Nigel Farage election pact proposal rejected by No 10 (BBC News) (The FT)

  • Boris Johnson will not make an election pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, Downing Street has said.
  • Mr Farage said his party and the Conservatives should make a deal and “together we would be unstoppable”.
  • Two newspaper adverts set out his offer to help “secure a big Brexit majority” and to “destroy Corbyn’s Labour”.
  • But a senior Conservative source said Mr Farage was “not a fit and proper person” and “should never be allowed anywhere near government”.
  • Mr Farage tweeted the remarks “look like comments from deep inside the bunker”, adding: “I do not want a job in government. I just want to put country before party and deliver a clean break Brexit.”
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