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Anti-Brexiters file new legal challenge to force article 50 extension

Campaigners who led Scottish challenge on prorogation lodge case at court of session in Edinburgh on Thursday

Anti-Brexit campaigners have filed a legal challenge in the Scottish courts in an effort to compel Boris Johnson to seek an extension to article 50.

The litigation was lodged at the court of session in Edinburgh on Thursday afternoon and is being funded by Dale Vince, the millionaire businessman and political donor who founded the renewable electricity company Ecotricity.

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Brexit: No 10 resists demands to recall parliament after Scottish prorogation ruling – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

One of Scotland’s leading civil lawyers, Jonathan Mitchell QC, believes Boris Johnson is not obliged to recall parliament after a Scottish court ruled he had illegally asked the Queen to prorogue Westminster.

Mitchell said the refusal by Lord Carloway, the lord president, and his two colleagues to impose an interdict or injunction ordering parliament to be reconvened meant the court had not instructed the UK government to do anything.

If you’re driving dangerously and if one police officer does nothing but the next one does, it doesn’t matter: you’ve still been arrested. That’s what happened here.

Lord Sumption, a former supreme court judge, told the World at One that he thought the Scottish judges were pushing back against the executive. In his opinion, prorogation was lawful, he said. He said:

What I think this illustrates is that if you, as a government, do something sufficiently outrageous, and politically the prorogation of parliament was politically outrageous, you tempt judges to push the boundaries out, and it looks from the summary as if that is what the Scottish judges have done ...

My own view is that this is a political issue, not a legal one, and that the case can only be resolved politically ...

I have no doubt that politically this was a disgraceful thing to do and what tends to happen is that you change the law in response to a sufficiently appalling example of abuse.

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Brexit: Boris Johnson must wait until November for election after opposition deal, say Lib Dems – live news

Chief constable of West Yorkshire police says agreement was that ‘any involvement of our officers was solely about police officer recruitment’

Some polling quoted in a Financial Times story (paywall) by Jim Pickard helps to explain why Labour might be keen to delay the election until November. If Johnson were to go to the polls after 31 October without having delivered Brexit, support for the Brexit party would double, the poll suggests. Pickard writes:

An ICM poll suggests that support for the Brexit party would double from 9 per cent to 18 per cent if an election takes place after Halloween.

The poll, commissioned by Represent Us — which is pushing for a second Brexit referendum — found the Conservatives’ lead over Labour would evaporate in those circumstances.

We have already quoted extensively from what Boris Johnson said when he spoke to reporters at the farm in Aberdeen, but here are three more lines from him. They are from his interview with Sky News.

Look at fantastic Scottish beef, which I’ve just been looking at. Not a morsel of it currently goes to America. You could do a a free trade deal with America where you don’t import their hormone-treated beef, but you do a deal on high-quality products, you allow Scottish farmers to sell, to discover new markets around the world.

I think it is the most sensational paradox. Never in history has there been an opposition party that has been given the chance to have an election and has turned it down. If I may say so, I think that they are making an extraordinary political mistake. But it’s their decision.

When global interest rates are so low, this is is the moment to have golden age of infrastructure investment. That’s what Sajid Javid set out in the spending review this week and in the budget this autumn you will be hearing a lot more about infrastructure, about improving our roads, our railways, doing fantastic things with full-fibre broadband across the whole country.

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An election is on the cards. So what do the polls tell us? | Gideon Skinner

We know what the parties’ strengths and weaknesses are, but predicting what that means in terms of seats is difficult

With the government shorn of its majority, and the Brexit deadline looming, the odds of an imminent election have dramatically reduced. So it’s worth examining the current state of the parties in the polls. What’s important to bear in mind, of course, is that polling provides a snapshot of public opinion at the time the poll is taken, and we are currently living in a highly volatile political situation.

It’s possible that people’s minds will change when faced with the reality of an actual general election, and the parties experience the pressures of the campaign, as we saw in 2017. Not only that, but it’s very difficult to say precisely where the election will be fought and won. The key battlegrounds may not be the easily identifiable marginal seats where results were decided in the past.

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