When asked whether yesterday’s court decision implied he had lied to the Queen over his motivation for suspending Parliament, he replied: “Absolutely not. The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide. We need a Queen’s Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”
Yesterday a Scottish court said his decision to prorogue Parliament – a move which required royal assent – was unlawful.
A Palace source said yesterday: “Despite having no control over the situation, Her Majesty will not be amused she is being dragged into the conversation.”
Mr Johnson also sought to downplay the impact of a no-deal Brexit following the release of Operation Yellowhammer assessments.
He said this morning: “It is very important to understand what this document is: this is a worst-case scenario which civil servants obviously have to prepare for, but in the last few months, and particularly in the 50 days since I’ve been Prime Minister, we’ve been massively accelerating our preparations.
“We’re trying to get a deal and I’m very hopeful that we will get a deal with our European friends on October 17th or 18th or thereabouts.
“But if we have to come out on October 31st with no-deal we will be ready and the ports will be ready and the farming communities will be ready, and all the industries that matter will be ready for a no-deal Brexit.
“What you’re looking at here is just the sensible preparations – the worst-case scenario – that you’d expect any government to do.
“In reality we will certainly be ready for a no-deal Brexit if we have to do it and I stress again that’s not where we intend to end up.”
This is a developing story, more to follow…