Brexit: Claim Boris Johnson suspended parliament to ‘stymie’ MPs untenable, supreme court told – live news

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Brexit: Claim Boris Johnson suspended parliament to ‘stymie’ MPs untenable, supreme court told – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day two of the supreme court hearing to decide if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful

Both in the briefing to [Johnson], and in the statements to cabinet, it was absolutely clear that he well understood that parliament was going to have the opportunities that it in fact had. And indeed if he had tried to say that, knowing that parliament was going to come back on 3 September and do what it in fact did, it was entirely predictable, it was either going to be a motion of no confidence or it was going to be legislation. And so the idea that parliament would be deprived of the opportunity to take whatever steps it wished in that run-up, including in relation to the sittings of parliament, is simply untenable.

Any type of Brexit – even the softest possible – will cause potentially irreparable damage to Wales and its economy. This is because Wales is heavily dependent on manufacturing and agri-food, and 60% of our exports go straight to the EU.

We will support all the efforts our colleagues in Westminster are taking to prevent the no-deal Brexit, which the prime minister and the Tory government is hell-bent on pursuing.

“I think we’ll get slaughtered in the sense that you’d have to have a very large foot in the door to keep people on the doorstep long enough to explain it”

Former Labour Minister #alanjohnson on Labour’s policy announcement on #Brexit #bbcwatohttps://t.co/OAMkR3Bgn8 pic.twitter.com/CGHyB0ZkH9

My job as prime minister would be to deliver that option that’s chosen by the British people. I will credibly present the options and say: ‘This is the option, you can remain, possibly with some reforms to the European Union, or you can leave, but you will be leaving on these terms which would protect jobs and living standards and trade.’

As prime minister I’m offering the people a choice – the only party that’s doing so.

There are not enough people on this ward, there are not enough doctors, there’s not enough nurses, it’s not well organised enough. The NHS has been destroyed … and now you come here for a press opportunity.”

Here is my colleague Owen Bowcott’s story about this morning’s hearing.

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