Brexit: Supreme court hears claim Boris Johnson abused prorogation more than any PM for 50 years – live news

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Brexit: Supreme court hears claim Boris Johnson abused prorogation more than any PM for 50 years – live news

Day one of supreme court hearing to decide on claims the suspension of parliament was unlawful; plus Lib Dem conference concludes

A judge asks why the prorogation had to last for five weeks.

Keen says that was because it covered the party conference season. He says actually only five sitting days are being lost.

Keen now quotes from what Boris Johnson said in response to what Nikki da Costa put to him in her memo. (See 3.32pm.) Johnson replied:

The whole September session is a rigmarole introduced to show the public that MPs were earning their crust. So I don’t see anything especially shocking about this proposition.

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