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Boris Johnson has been sentenced to death by the Court of Session in Scotland.
The Scottish court's decision is not the last word on the matter. That will come later this month * when the UK Supreme Court – the highest in the country – rules on October 10, or needs to return at once.
However, the Scottish court's decision is undoubtedly damaging for the prime minister. Mr. Johnson has acted in haste in his first weeks in office and that he is driving the UK into a constitutional crisis in his pursuit of Brexit.
If the Supreme Court rules against Mr. Johnson later this month, he really wants to be in hot water. True, Downing Street has already accepted that, if it loses the case, it wants to return immediately. There is no talk of trying to defy the law.
The problem for Mr. Johnson is that the Supreme Court of the Prohibition is illegal, the PM wants to be judged. He wants to have the charge that he misled her.
Given the esteem the Queen enjoys in British society that would not be a position any.
If Mr Johnson wins the case, the Brexit caravan moves on. Parliament will not be back until October 14 and we will continue discussing the major Brexit themes.
Mr Johnson is trying to make a Brexit deal based on accepting a Northern Ireland backstop. This FT report suggests that a deal is now his principal focus.
Brexit rather than leaving Nigel Farage to argue that he has not yet delivered.
One civil servant is telling me that, after a long period in which Whitehall seems more focused on no-deal planning than getting a deal, the balance is shifting the other way.
Perhaps they really want to get somewhere at the European Council. But first the Supreme Court. , ,
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* This article said the ruling was due on Tuesday, which is incorrect. The court session opens on Tuesday.