Day 1 of Supreme Court hearing: Government lawyer refuses to say whether PM could suspend parliament again, as Supreme Court hears he “committed worst abuse of power in decades” – The Independent
• The legal battle over Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks is being heard at the Supreme Court, with Gina Miller’s legal representative arguing the prime minister “abused his power”.
• Johnson has pledged to “obey the law” but said he wanted to “wait and see what the judges say” before his government decides whether to recall parliament.
• Live news updates from today are in the link above; the case continues tomorrow.
EU given Brexit draft with backstop scrubbed out, UK sources admit – The Guardian
• Johnson’s Brexit negotiators have so far only presented the EU with a draft of the withdrawal agreement with the backstop scrubbed out, UK government sources have confirmed.
• In a move that has caused tensions with EU leaders, Johnson’s team are refusing to put forward a written proposal to Brussels at this stage for fear it will be rejected out of hand or publicly rubbished.
• Instead, they want to wait until almost the last minute before the October summit before presenting a plan to the EU, with just two weeks before the UK is due to leave the bloc.
Lib Dem government to stop Brexit on day one – BBC
• In Jo Swinson’s first speech to the party’s conference as leader, she reiterated its policy of overturning the law ensuring the UK will leave the EU.
• She vowed that a Liberal Democrat government would revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit “on day one”.