Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Brexit latest: Rees-Mogg dismantles Remainer Supreme Court judges for ‘constitutional coup | Politics | News

The House of Commons leader, who travelled to Balmoral to advise the Queen to suspend parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline, told Cabinet in a conference call that the 11 judges were behind the “the most extraordinary overthrowing of the constitution”, according to the BBC. Jacob Rees-Mogg said judges had made errors and “some elements of the judgment are factually inaccurate”, according to the Daily Mail.

His anger comes as MPs prepare to return to Westminster after the historic legal ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s five-week prorogation of Parliament was illegal.

The Prime Minister will fly back into a political storm with demands for his resignation from furious opposition parties, determined to hold him to account over his Brexit plans.

But Downing Street has insisted there was no question of him standing aside, despite the Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday there was no “reasonable justification” for his advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament for five weeks.

A Downing Street source told the BBC the Supreme Court had gone too far.

They said: “We think the Supreme Court is wrong and has made a serious mistake in extending its reach into these political matters.

“The Supreme Court has made it clear that its reasons are connected to the parliamentary disputes over, and timetable for, leaving the EU. We think this is a further mistake.”

After the ruling, Mr Johnson insisted he would not be deterred from taking Britain out of the EU on October 31.

While he said he had the “utmost respect” for the judiciary and would abide by the court’s ruling, he nevertheless said he “strongly disagreed” with its decision.

He also issued a warning to pro-Remain MPs not to try to “frustrate” the will of the people by blocking Brexit.

The Commons Leader is due to deliver a statement to MPs on the ruling today.


8.37pm update: ‘Let’s get on with it!’ Michael Gove

The cabinet minister said it was vitally important that the Government gets on with the job of delivering Brexit now that parliament is reconvening.

8.28am update: Corbyn won’t call confidence vote – yet 

Mr Corbyn said he would not call a vote of no confidence until a no-deal exit Brexit is off the table, a date that could be as late as October 19.

The Benn Bill gave Boris Johnson until that date to secure a deal with the EU or call for a three-month extension.

“Until it is very clear that the application will be made, per the legislation, to the EU to extend our membership to at least January, then we will continue pushing for that and that is our priority,” said Mr Corbyn.

He added: “When that has been achieved we will then be ready with a motion of no confidence.”

Mr Corbyn said he would be happy to have an election once no-deal Brexit had been averted.

He told BBC Radio 4. “Quite simply our first priority is to prevent a no-deal exit from the EU. 

“At that poing it would be appropriate to move a vote of no confidence to force the prime minister to resign.”

8.17am update: Corbyn won’t be forced in to Election 

Sky News political editor Beth Rigby tweeted: “Jeremy Corbyn not going to be bounced into a GE by Johnson. “Our priority is prevent a No Deal exit on the 31st October”. Stalemate #today.” 

8.13am update: Rees-Mogg urged to resign 

Reamainer Dominic Grieve calls for the Commons Leader to step down as he “completely and totally failed in his duties”. 

Sky News political correspondent Tamara Cohen tweeted: “Grieve calls for Mogg’s head to roll.

“On the accusations of a constitutional coup he says it’s Jacob Rees-Mogg who “completely and totally failed in his duties and he’s the one who should be resigning”.

“He doesn’t condemn Geoffrey Cox.” 

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