In the ITV Tory leadership debate last night Boris Johnson, the clear favourite to be the next prime minister, again refused to rule out proroguing parliament to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit. This morning, in an extraordinary intervention, Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, told the Today programme that he would be willing to go to court to seek a judicial review to stop this happening. He said:
I think the idea of proroguing parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat. I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review to prevent parliament being bypassed.
I will post more from Major’s interview shortly.
Here is the agenda for the day.
10am: David Gauke, the justice secretary, gives evidence to the Commons justice committee.
10.20am: Matt Hancock, the health secretary, gives a speech at the King’s Fund’s leadership and management summit.
12pm: Theresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs.
1pm: Sir Simon McDonald, head of the Foreign Office, gives evidence to the Commons foreign affairs committee about the leak of the Kim Darroch memos about the Trump White House.
1pm: David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland civil service, gives a speech to the Institute for Government.
2.30pm: Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan police, gives evidence to the Commons home affairs committee about progress since the Macpherson report.
3.15pm: Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary and Tory leadership candidate, speaks at a conference on media freedom.
As usual, I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to publish a summary at lunchtime and then another when I finish.
You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of today’s top 10 must-reads.
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