British PM denies lying to Queen over parliament suspension

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Added On September 14, 2019

Boris Johnson gave his first public response over the parliament suspension on Thursday, insisting that he did not lie to the Queen. 
 
The prime minister shut down the House of Commons for five weeks in the early hours of Tuesday morning after the Queen approves his request to allow such a suspension, from a date this week until Oct. 14.
 
Scotland's highest civil court ruled on Wednesday that Johnson's decision to prorogue the parliament for five weeks was unlawful and should be annulled.
The verdict will be appealed at the highest legal body in Britain, the Supreme Court, next Tuesday for a final decision.
 
Reports said Johnson was very hopeful there would be a deal with the European Union on Britain's departure.
 
However, the President of European Parliament David Sassoli said on Thursday that the EU will not accept Brexit deal without an Irish backstop, a measure which aims to ensure no customs or controls are imposed on the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.
 
SOUNDBITE (Italian), DAVID SASSOLI, EP President
"The backstop remain the main stumbling block in the negotiations. The resolution stresses a very clear message, that you cannot have an agreement without the backstop. It could not be any clearer."
 
Sassoli added the EU would be willing to consider a further extension to the withdrawal, but only for specific reasons.
 
SOUNDBITE (Italian), DAVID SASSOLI, EP President

"The resolution says that we are open to a possible extension, provided as it would be something done for overriding reasons like avoiding no-deal, having a general election or extending Article 50."