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Early evening summary

  • Downing Street has rejected demands from opposition MPs for an immediate recall of parliament after a Scottish court ruled that Boris Johnson’s five-week prorogation was unlawful. The case will now go to the supreme court next week for a final ruling. Dominic Grieve, the Conservative former attorney general, has said that if Johnson did mislead the Queen as to the reasons for prorogation, as the Scottish court ruling implies, he should be forced to resign. (See 12.05pm.)
  • Johnson has said he would not accept a Northern Ireland-only backstop. (See 17.52pm.)
  • Jeremy Corbyn has firmly rejected Tom Watson’s suggestion that Labour should demand a referendum on Brexit before an election. Asked about the plan, which Watson, the deputy Labour leader, set out in a speech this morning, Corbyn said:


It’s Tom’s view. I don’t accept it and I don’t agree with it.

Corbyn also defended his refusal to make Labour a remain-only party. In an interview he set out the party’s plan to go into the election promising to hold a referendum afterwards, with remain and a credible leave option on the ballot paper. When asked if he was trying to appeal to leave votes and to remain voters, he replied:


Ever since 2016, I’ve sought to bring people together. People voted remain because they wanted to remain in the EU and felt it was their best option. Many voted leave because they were angry at the way their communities had been left behind, denied investment, denied good quality jobs, denied any real hope for the future. I want to lead a Labour government that will bring people together, and a relationship with Europe, either in the EU or an effective trading relationship with Europe, in which we have a dynamic relationship on regulations and rights so we don’t become a Donald Trump island, on the edge of Europe, undermining the social advances that have been made, I recognise that, under the European Union.

That’s all from me for today.

My colleague Aaron Walawalkar is taking over now. The government is expected to publish its Operation Yellowhammer report about the impact of a no-deal Brexit later, so it won’t get dull.

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