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Brexit round up- Week commencing 2 September 2019
Matrix’s Legal Support Service provides a round-up of Brexit-related links and news.
Brexit and the UK constitution
- Parliament suspension sparks protests across the country and a petition with more than a million signatures.
- Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament is a “constitutional outrage” designed to stop MPs debating Brexit, John Bercow has declared. He is said to be “colluding” with Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin from his holiday in Turkey, in a bid to block the suspension of Parliament. The Daily Telegraph has more.
- MPs and lawyers battle to block Johnson attempt to prorogue parliament. Lawyers for the campaigner Gina Miller have made an urgent application to the High Court for a judicial review of Boris Johnson’s plan to prorogue parliament. Legal challenges have been brought before the Northern Irish and Scottish courts. Follow the Guardian’s live updates here.
- Ruth Davidson has quit as Scottish Tory leader. Sources cite irreconcilable differences with Boris Johnson over Brexit and pressures of motherhood.
The UK’s post- Brexit deal with the EU
- Boris Johnson has promised a renewed effort to secure a deal with the EU before the Brexit deadline. The UK’s negotiators will now meet EU counterparts twice a week in the run-up to a crucial summit on 17 October.
- Guy Verhofstadt has said that a five-week suspension unlikely to deliver stable future relationship.
- Jeremy Corbyn has said he is prepared to do “everything necessary” to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
- Rebel MPs are hatching plans to force Parliament to sit over next weekend in a last-ditch bid to block a no-deal Brexit.