Amber Rudd Announces Resignation from Commons

Amber Rudd, the former Conservative Party Home Secretary, has confirmed that she will not be standing at the 2019 General Election. Rudd, who was Work and Pensions Secretary under Theresa May and Boris Johnson, quit the party in September 2019 in protest about the new Prime Minister’s Brexit policy.

Boris Johnson’s Pledge to Leave EU on 31 October is Scrapped

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has confirmed that his pledge to leave the European Union won’t be met on 31 October 2019 and the country will remain for a longer period. A spokesperson for the European Union has granted a three-month extension period, which Donald Tusk, the EU Council President, has called a “Flextension”.

Johnson had said during the Conservative Party leadership hustings that he would ensure that the country would leave the EU on 31 October 2019. In early September 2019, Johnson added that “I’d rather be dead in a ditch than agree a Brexit extension”. Downing Street confirmed today that there would now be a Brexit extension, but blamed Parliament for not helping the Prime Minister to deliver it.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn Fail to Agree on Brexit Strategy

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, met with Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, today in a bid to resolve a future timetabling strategy for Brexit. Johnson, who had pledged that the UK would leave the European Union on 31 October 2019, however failed to reach an agreement on how to progress the current political deadlock.

British Government and European Union Reach a Deal

The British Government and the European Union have reached a deal which will now be put in front of Parliament on Saturday. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, both issued updates on Twitter saying that agreement has been secured.

Boris Johnson posted:

“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control — now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment #GetBrexitDone #TakeBackControl”

Jean-Claude Juncker posted:

“Where there is a will, there is a #deal – we have one! It’s a fair and balanced agreement for the EU and the UK and it is testament to our commitment to find solutions. I recommend that #EUCO endorses this deal.”

Foreign Secretary Issues Statement on Situation in Hong Kong

Dominic Raab

Media reports have suggested that a member of the Hong Kong police has shot a protester using live ammunition. The news has over-shadowed the celebrations and events across China to mark the seventieth anniversary of communist rule in the country.

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said in a statement:

“Whilst there is no excuse for violence, the use of live ammunition is disproportionate, and only risks inflaming the situation. This incident underlines the need for a constructive dialogue to address the legitimate concerns of the people of Hong Kong. We need to see restraint and a de-escalation from both protesters and the Hong Kong authorities.”

Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Expelled from Party Conference

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the Conservative MP for the Cotswolds, has been expelled from the party’s conference in Manchester after an altercation with staff. A spokesperson from the party distanced themselves from Clifton-Brown, saying that “the incident was totally unacceptable”.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement:

“At around 1.45pm on Tuesday 1 October 2019, an attendee to the Conservative Party conference attempted to enter the international lounge area of the conference without the relevant pass. Security staff intervened and resolved the situation without any breach of security occurring”.

Clifton-Brown said in a statement to PA News:

“I’ve got nothing further to say about it. I don’t want to comment on it, really”.

Sir John Major Calls on Prime Minister to Apologise Unreservedly

Sir John Major, the Prime Minister from 1990 until 1997, has called upon Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister, to return to the House of Commons and offer an unreserved apology. Johnson, who unlawfully advised the Monarch to prorogue Parliament, is expected to return back to the UK early from New York.

Major said in a statement:

“Parliament must now be recalled immediately to recommence its work, and to receive the Prime Minister’s unreserved apology.

I hope this ruling from the Supreme Court will deter any future Prime Minister from attempting to shut down Parliament, with the effect of stifling proper scrutiny and debate, when its sitting is so plainly in the national interest.

No Prime Minister must ever treat the Monarch or Parliament in this way again.”

Boris Johnson Refuses to Resign Over Causing Constitutional Crisis

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has said that he will not be resigning following his unlawful request to prorogue Parliament, which has triggered a constitutional crisis. The Prime Minister is expected to return to the UK early in an attempt to repair the damage to the Government’s reputation.

Speaking in New York, the Prime Minister said:

“Obviously this is a verdict that we will respect and we respect the judicial process. I have to say that I strongly disagree with what the justices have found.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said in a statement:

“A Labour government would want to be held to account. We wouldn’t bypass democracy. And I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position.”

Jo Swinson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said on Twitter:

“The Prime Minister must resign to make way for an emergency Government that can stop a No Deal Brexit. The @LibDems will keep fighting for People’s Vote and to stop Brexit altogether.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said in a statement:

“It is unthinkable given the rules of democracy and accountability that has been found to have acted unlawfully and is subject of that kind of judgement delivered today would stay in office.”

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, said in a statement:

“The Prime Minister has been found to have acted unlawfully and in a way deliberately designed to subvert our democracy. How does anybody in that position think that they can carry on?”

Liz Saville Roberts, the leader of Plaid Cymru at Westminster, said in a statement:

“Boris Johnson has already driven a bulldozer through the constitution, so no longer are ideas like impeachment far-fetched. I will tell other opposition party leaders, we need to be ready to impeach Boris Johnson if he breaks the law.”

John Bercow Confirms House of Commons will Reconvene

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has confirmed that the house must reconvene following the decision in the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Monarch was “unlawful”.

In a statement, Bercow said:

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. The judges have rejected the Government’s claim that closing down Parliament for five weeks was merely standard practice to allow for a new Queen’s Speech. In reaching their conclusion, they have vindicated the right and duty of Parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinise the executive and hold Ministers to account. As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay. To this end, I will now consult the party leaders as a matter of urgency”.