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Boris Johnson denies lying to the Queen to get Parliament suspended

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to apprentices as he visits the NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender moored on the river Thames to mark London International Shipping Week. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Boris Johnson stated ‘absolutely not’ when asking if he’d been telling fibs to Her Majesty (Picture: PA)

Boris Johnson has denied lying to the Queen so as to safe the suspension of Parliament.

Scotland’s highest civil court docket dominated on Wednesday that the five-week prorogation was illegal as a result of it was obtained for the ‘improper objective of stymying Parliament’.

However, the Prime Minister insisted he had sought the suspension in order that the Government may set out a brand new legislative programme in a Queen’s Speech on October 14.

Opposition MPs have argued that the actual motive was to cease Parliament holding the Government to account over its Brexit plans.

But, requested throughout a go to to mark London International Shipping Week whether or not he had lied to the monarch so as to acquire the prorogation, Mr Johnson replied: ‘Absolutely not.’

He stated the High Court in England had taken the reverse view to the Court of Session in Edinburgh and that the case would now be determined in the Supreme Court.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender moored on the river Thames, to mark London International Shipping Week in London, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The British government insisted Thursday that its forecast of food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets after a no-deal Brexit is an avoidable worst-case scenario, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied misleading Queen Elizabeth II about his reasons for suspending Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool photo via AP)
A Scottish court docket dominated yesterday that the suspension was illegal (Picture: AP)

‘The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide. We need a Queen’s Speech, we want to get on and do all kinds of issues at a nationwide degree,’ he stated.

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Opposition events worry Mr Johnson is set to take Britain out of the EU on October 31, regardless of the Benn Act, which says the Government should search an additional delay if there is no such thing as a settlement on a cope with the EU.

The Prime Minister insisted he remained assured that it could be potential to attain a deal in time for it to be agreed at the EU summit on October 17 and 18.

‘I’m very hopeful that we are going to get a deal, as I say, at that essential summit. We’re working very arduous – I’ve been round the European capitals speaking to our pals,’ he stated.

‘I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you can do it – it will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.’

However, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, stated they had been nonetheless ready to see proposals from the facet to resolve the fraught situation of the Northern Ireland backstop.

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Boris Johnson arrives at HMS Belfast on the River Thames, September 12 2019. The Prime Minister is under fire on many sides after the release of government notes on the impact of a No Deal Brexit, a court in Scotland ruled that he misled the Queen and his government is facing being held in contempt of Parliament for refusing to release prorogation advice communications.
Opposition MPs have argued that the actual motive was to cease Parliament holding the Government to account over its Brexit plans (Picture: SWNS)

‘We are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposals from the UK,’ he advised reporters in Brussels.

Opposition events stepped up their calls for for the rapid recall of Parliament after the Government launched particulars on Wednesday of its Operation Yellowhammer no-deal preparations.

The doc, launched in response to a Commons movement handed on Monday earlier than the House was suspended, warned of medical shortages, meals value hikes and extreme delays to cross-channel commerce.

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For Labour, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald stated it was important MPs returned to Westminster so they might query ministers about the plans.

‘This is more like emergency planning for war or a natural disaster,’ he advised the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. We can’t minimise this. It doesn’t get extra stark.’

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the NLV Pharos, a lighthouse tender moored on the river Thames to mark London International Shipping Week. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Mr Johnson stated that Operation Yellowhammer was a worst-case situation (Picture: AFP)

Mr Johnson sought to play down the significance of the paper, saying it represented a ‘worst-case scenario’ and ministers had been ‘massively accelerating’ their no-deal preparations since he entered No 10 in July.

‘If we have to come out on October 31 with no-deal we will be ready and the ports will be ready and the farming communities will be ready, and all the industries that matter will be ready for a no-deal Brexit,’ he stated.

‘What you’re right here is simply the wise preparations – the worst-case situation – that you simply’d count on any authorities to do.’

The Prime Minister additionally insisted he had no quarrel with the Court of Session judges who dominated the prorogation of Parliament was illegal.

The Government confronted accusations it was making an attempt to undermined the judiciary after No 10 sources had been quoted as suggesting the Scottish courts had been ‘politically biased’.

Mr Johnson stated: ‘The British judiciary, the United Kingdom judiciary, is considered one of the nice glories of our structure – they’re impartial.

‘Believe me, around the world people look at our judges with awe and admiration so I’m not going to quarrel or criticise the judges.’

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