Please see below for today’s key Brexit news items:

Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule – BBC

• Mr Johnson suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, but 11 justices unanimously held that it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to Brexit on 31 October.

• Supreme Court president Lady Hale said “the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme.”

• The PM said he “profoundly disagreed” with the ruling but would “respect” it.

• Lady Hale emphasised in the ruling that the case was “not about when and on what terms” the UK left the EU – it was purely about the decision to suspend Parliament.

• John Bercow said MPs needed to return “in light of the explicit judgement”, and he had “instructed the House of Commons authorities to prepare… for the resumption of business” from 11:30 BST on Wednesday.

What does the Supreme Court verdict mean for Brexit? – Financial Times

• In summary, the ruling probably has 2 consequences if Boris Johnson cannot get a deal next month.

• Firstly, it makes it impossible for him to drive the UK towards a no-deal Brexit by proroguing parliament up to and beyond October 31.

• Secondly, the judgment makes it much more difficult for the PM to ignore the law passed by the Rebel Alliance of MPs this month that demands an Article 50 extension if a deal can’t be agreed at the EU summit.

Jeremy Corbyn tells Boris Johnson to resign after PM’s parliament suspension ruled illegal – The Independent

• Jeremy Corbyn has called on Boris Johnson to resign after the Supreme Court ruled the prime minister’s suspension of parliament unlawful in an unprecedented judgement.

• On the judges verdict, Mr Corbyn said: “It demonstrates a contempt for democracy and an abuse of democracy by him.”

• He further stated: “I will be in touch with [Speaker Bercow] immediately so that we demand parliament is recalled so we can question the prime minister and demand that he obeys the law that has been passed by parliament.”


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