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.
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.
“We need a Queen’s Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”
“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.
“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.”
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