Top Story: Speaker swings behind written constitution

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John Bercow has promised that he will be ready to rip up the parliamentary rules to stop any illegal attempt by Boris Johnson to remove the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 October without an agreement. The Commons spokesman, who announced he would step down next month, was a thorn in the side of Conservative MPs during the Brexit process. Speaking to Bingham in London last night, Bercow said he would allow "additional procedural creativity," if necessary, so that Parliament could prevent the Prime Minister from ignoring the law. He warned, "The only form of Brexit we have will be Brexit, which the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed." Bercow also said that the Brexit-Imbroglio had uncovered weaknesses in the political system and now he was convinced that a royal commission was needed to check if a written constitution was needed.

The intervention of the speaker occurred when Johnson was forced to dispute the allegations that he had misled the queen over the reasons for the transfer of parliament, and as a member of parliament the government's publicity campaign "Get ready for Brexit" as "misleading "condemned. And if you need to remember how we came here, Jon Henley traces the long road to the crisis of the last 10 days.

Democrats clash – Joe Biden has argued in the recent debate between the candidates with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, his leading rival for the nomination of the Democratic president, on the subject of healthcare. Biden, who served as Barack Obama's vice president for eight years, defended the government's Obamacare program and urged his rivals to explain how they paid for their plans, ensure health care for all, and abolish private insurance. Questions on gun violence, immigration and trade also showed disagreement and fierce criticism of President Donald Trump. Richard Wolffe estimates that Biden was the best and worst on the stage in Houston, while Tom McCarthy says the former vice president messed up his facts. How exactly everything has developed, you can read in our live blog here.

Elizabeth Warren stresses Joe Biden during the debate at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Elizabeth Warren stresses Joe Biden during the debate at Texas Southern University in Houston. Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images

Disease risk – Almost 100,000 people in the UK are at risk of dying because they do not know they have hepatitis C liver disease. Around 95,600 people, mainly drug users, suffer from the disease but are unaware that they have not been diagnosed. Public Health England warns today. Steve Mowle of the Royal College of GPs said the numbers were "extremely worrying" and called the situation a "significant public health risk". Nine out of ten people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) inject or have already taken recreational medications such as heroin. The virus spreads among drug users by exchanging contaminated needles.

Knife killing – On Camden High Street in northwest London, one man died and another was hospitalized. The police said they were summoned to the area shortly after 11pm last night, which has many pubs and clubs. They found a man who suffered from a stab wound, but who was declared dead at the scene. A 20-year-old man was found with a knife wound in the vicinity and hospitalized. It is the latest in a series of knife kills that are bringing the capital to a standstill this year.

Tunnel View – It is one of the most vulnerable Victorian buildings in the UK. But activists fear that an abandoned railway tunnel hundreds of feet below the Pennines could be lost to the nation if Department of Transportation officials find their way and fill it with concrete. Heritage groups would instead like to restore and turn the 1.4-mile tunnel built in 1878 for the Halifax-Keighley route into a cycle path, while Yorkshire seeks to secure its place as the "beating heart of British cycling."

Postmodels – A study of the testes of French postmen and a winding machine were among the winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Ig Nobel, the alternative science prizes aimed at "making people laugh and then making them think". Roger Mieusset, a fertility specialist at the University of Toulouse, found his way to prominence by attaching thermometers to the testicles of postmen to see if one pouch is warmer than the other. It turns out that the left side is warmer, but only when a man is dressed. (Who knew?) The frontrunner in Britain was Francis McGlone, a researcher at John Moores University in Liverpool, who has won for the mapping of body parts that are most comfortable to scratch.

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If you can not talk to friends, family, or colleagues this weekend, it's worse than putting together our list of the 100 best movies of the century. Lovingly compiled by our film crew, it counts the full range of gangsters, lovers, aliens, and animes to get to number 1, which goes to … There Will Be Blood. Our main critic Peter Bradshaw explains why Paul Thomas Anderson's "weird masterpiece" is at the top of the pile, but I will not spoil the rest of the countdown for you. We also asked some leading directors to pick their favorites.


Jos Buttler put aside confusing thoughts about fatigue and decided to enjoy the counterattack that had kept England's heads above water in the last ash test. Mitchell Marsh, the Australian all-rounder, is always a controversial choice, but he swung the ball more than any other bowler in the series to score four English goals on the first day at the Oval. Kyle Sinckler has insisted that he wants to play two games in five days at the start of the English Rugby World Cup. Suzann Pettersen from Europe says that she is doing well, but due to illness she will miss the first morning of the Solheim Cup. Anthony Joshua's coach Rob McCracken will not have to face disciplinary action if he claims he has allowed his heavyweight to continue fighting after receiving full support from the British Boxing Board of Control. The clinical first-half finals of Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema saw Arsenal return to the Champions League with a four-goal lead over Fiorentina on the return leg. Rob Gronkowski, a former New England Patriot who announced his resignation in March, said he had about 20 problems in his life.


The European Central Bank's decision to restart quantitative easing to boost the troubled Eurozone economy has helped raise overnight stocks in Asia. Mario Draghi announced in his last term of office as ECB President an interest rate cut and plans to inject € 20 billion a month into the financial markets. But he also warned countries with stronger balance sheets to increase spending to relieve some of the burden on the central bank. In both cases, investors were pleased with the added momentum and equities rose against the major Asian indices. The FTSE100 rises 0.3% this morning, while the pound is at $ 1.233 and $ 1,114.

The papers

The Times is optimistic about a new Brexit plan: "DUP opens the door for Johnson to a new Brexit deal" while the Guardian has: "Bercow: I will stop Johnson from breaking the Brexit Law." The telegraph leads to Corbyn's plans to charge VAT on private school fees: "Corbyn's tax robbery on private schools" and express has: "Boris: Labor will torture you with tax increases."

The Guardian, front page, Friday, September 13, 2019

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The I says "NHS hit with £ 600m interest bill – from Whitehall" and the Sun reports on the BA pilot strike: "British Scareways". The FT reports on the plans of the European Central Bank to revive growth in the eurozone: Mail reports falling marriage rates: "Britain turns its back on marriage". The mirror shows a picture of his US editor in the middle of burning trees in the Amazon, wearing a suit, tie and a seemingly blooming flower on the lapel: "Our world … suffocated to death".

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