The outgoing Speaker of the House of Commons has called the prorogation a “constitutional outrage” and vowed to allow for “procedural creativity” to prevent the prime minister defying a new law designed to block a no-deal Brexit. Mr Bercow, who has repeatedly been accused of siding with Remain-backing MPs, told a gathering at the University of Zurich on Thursday that a second EU referendum “could happen”.
On Thursday the Supreme Court heard a submission from the former Tory prime minister Sir John Major in the case brought against the government by anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.
The court has been asked to determine whether the prime minister’s prorogation – which runs until October 14 – was unlawful.
The three-day hearing concluded yesterday and a decision is expected next week.
Eleven justices head appeals arising out of separate legal challenges in England and Scotland, in which leading judges reached different conclusions.
Depending on the legal basis upon which the judges reach their conclusions, Parliament may have to reconvene if Mr Johnson loses the high-profile case.
The court’s president Lady Hale said: “I must repeat that this case is not about when and on what terms the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
“The result of this case will not determine that. We are solely concerned with the lawfulness of the Prime Minister’s decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament on the dates in question.
“As we have heard, it is not a simple question and we will now carefully consider all the arguments that have been presented to us.”
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9.21am update: Brexit youth campainger weighs in on NI row
Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes has weighed in on the spat between Remainer Femi Oluwole and Brexitter Matt Kilcoyne after the pair clashed over the a potential return to violence in Northern Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In July Mr Grimes, founder of youth-focused pro-Brexit group BeLeave, won an appeal against a £20,000 fine imposed by the Electoral Commission.
He accused the elections regulator of “bias” against Brexit supporters after it took action in relation to a £675,315 donation from Vote Leave.
Mr Grimes tweeted: “It absolutely baffles me that there are those who argue that we shouldn’t leave the EU as it might embolden terrorists.
“If we start to ignore the ballot box to curry favour with terrorists, we’ve ceased to exist as a sovereign nation and might as well give up!”
Speaking to Sky News Mr Oluwole said: “There were 3,600 deaths in the last 30 years in the last century only solved by a Good Friday agreement that more less managed to bring about peace.
“Now the way they did that was by having Northern Ireland officially in the UK but with an open border with the Republic of Ireland.”
Mr Kilcoyne butted in, calling Mr Oluwole a “disgrace” for dragging the Troubles into a political debate.
9.11am update: Mood on a Brexit deal ‘has improved’ says Coveney
Ireland’s deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs has said the mood on Brexit “has improved” in recent weeks but cautioned that the gap between the UK and the EU was still wide.
Simon Coveney said Mr Johnson needs to present serious proposals to the EU to resolve the issue of the Irish border backstop as he warned a hard Brexit could spark civil unrest in Ireland.
He told BBC radio: “I think the mood music has improved.
“We all want a deal, we all know that a no-deal will be a lose, lose, lose for everybody, but particularly for Ireland and Britain.
“But I think we need to be honest with people and say that we’re not close to that deal right now.
“But there is an intent I think by all sides to try and find a landing zone that everybody can live with here.”
8.59am update: UK has ‘moved a long way’ on Brexit
Junior Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng has said the UK has “moved a long way” in the seven weeks since Mr Johnson took office and he is “confident” a Brexit deal can be hammered out.
Speaking on Friday Mr Kwarteng told BBC radio: “We’ve moved a long way in seven weeks.
“What we’ve heard over the last seven weeks is considerable movement on the part of the EU on this question of the Withdrawal Agreement and particularly on the backstop
“I am confident we can get a deal. I am also confident that we can get this deal through the House of Commons and leave on October 31.”
8.11am update: Barclay heads to Brussels for meeting with Barnier
Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay will this morning head to Brussels to hold talks with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
Their meeting comes after the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said on Thursday that a Brexit deal was possible.
Mr Juncker described his meeting with Boris Johnson in Luxembourg on Monday as “rather positive”.
Mr Barclay said Mr Johnson had shown his willingness to be “creative and flexible” by considering an all-Ireland approach to health checks on animals and foodstuffs.
He said the bloc would have to “take risks” with the issue of the Irish border in order for a fresh deal to be struck.