Johnson faces demands to recall MPs after Parliament suspension ruled unlawful

Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session

David Sassoli the new European parliament president has given the British prime minister a warning, that a no-deal Brexit is "entirely the responsibility" of the UK.

He said the British Parliament will have time both before and after the crucial European Council summit on October 17-18 to talk about a Brexit deal.

The spokesman added that the Government would abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court, which is also considering an appeal against a ruling by the High Court in London which found that the suspension was lawful.

The Operation Yellowhammer documents, which the government was forced to release on Wednesday, revealed that preparedness for a no-deal Brexit remained "at a low level", with logjams at English Channel ports threatening to impact supplies.

He said: "I'm very hopeful that we will get a deal at that crucial summit".

However the Scottish court ruling is in direct contradiction to an earlier hearing in the High Court in London which did not rule Mr Johnson had made the wrong decison.

"Indeed, as I say, the High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide", Johnson said.

"Mr Johnson doesn't have a majority, the Speaker is very concerned about the circumstances of the prorogation, his concerns have been vindicated by this ruling and therefore Parliament should return and we should be able to get on with our jobs representing our constituents". "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".

"We are still ready to examine objectively any concrete and legally operational proposals from the United Kingdom", he told reporters in Brussels.

"It was an authoritarian move by Boris Johnson created to overrule and silence the people and their representatives and to force a disastrous no-deal Brexit on our country".

"This is more like emergency planning for war or a natural disaster", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

Mr Johnson said he would not "quarrel or criticise" the judges in the case as he insisted they are independent, after media reports quoted a Downing Street source suggesting judges were not impartial.

"If his political strategy is correct, then the legal intricacies of the case matter less than the perception that the establishment is trying to stop him from securing Brexit", the analysis said.

"What you're looking at here is just the sensible preparations - the worst-case scenario - that you'd expect any government to do".

The petitioners want the Court of Session to use its powers to effectively sign the letter to the European Union on the PM's behalf if he refuses to do so.

"We are getting into murky constitutional waters when the courts seek to strike down a Crown decision to prorogue Parliament through the exercise of a prerogative power that the judiciary in the past would have considered beyond their purview", the paper said in its editorial.

"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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