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PM floats plan for Supreme Court judges to be vetted by MPs

by Ace Damon
Supreme Court Judges outside the Supreme Court, London

Supreme Court judges should be scrutinized by lawmakers in an American-style system, Boris Johnson suggested as he prepared to open this week's Conservative Party conference.

The prime minister said the plan "will take time to elaborate," but that after 11 judges found that it illegally suspended parliament, there was "an argument" that they should face "liability."

He is still under pressure after being referred to the police watchdog for his links with an American businesswoman and accused by former Foreign Minister Philip Hammond of being backed by bankers who bet on an unsettled Brexit that will make the pound "fall". "

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Boris Johnson arrived in Manchester before the conference launch on Saturday

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, before the annual Conservative conference, which starts in Manchester, Johnson doubled the language that some lawmakers warned could incite violence against them by trying to stop a Brexit without compromise.

He refused to be "intimidated" by stopping calling the law, forcing him to ask Brussels to postpone Brexit to avoid leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement as "surrender".

His language so far has been "moderate," the prime minister told the newspaper.

New policies unveiled as thousands of conservative activists gather for their annual meeting include money to "transform community mental health services" and £ 600 million to increase life science companies developing life-saving treatments in the UK .

And the government will commit to building 40 new hospitals – six immediately, with another 21 being injected in advance to start bidding and the rest open to bidding.

Johnson seemed to support the transformation of the Supreme Court after his attorney general Geoffrey Cox discussed the idea in parliament this week.

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Deputies and activists are gathering for the annual event

Cox said on Wednesday that "there may well be parliamentary scrutiny of judicial appointments" – although he warned that he "is not enthusiastic" about the idea.

But the prime minister stepped forward and told the Sunday Telegraph: "It will take a while to resolve. But I think if judges rule on political issues in this way, there will be at least one argument that there should be some form of accountability.

"America's lessons are relevant."

He added that he would "respect" the Supreme Court judgment "with great humility and sincerity," but warned, "I don't think the consequences of that judgment have yet to be fully evaluated."

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The attorney general supported the idea of ​​an American-style Supreme Court verification process.

Johnson also said he would not fail to use the term "act of surrender" to describe the law that attempts to prevent a settlement.

He said: "I will not be intimidated by the use of this term. It seems to me a perfectly monotonous political metaphor…

"I think my language was really quite moderate."

Back home, Johnson faces more proposals to force him to obey the law, including one that could see him impeachment using an arcane parliamentary mechanism.

Manta Cymru leader Liz Saville-Roberts said: "Motions are being discussed between opposition parties and House of Commons officials who would see a pay cut, parliamentary bans and other disciplinary measures, along with a motion to explore impeachment. "

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Kim Leadbeater, the sister of Rep. Jo Cox, murdered by a far-right terrorist, said earlier this week it was "wrong" for the prime minister to say that the "best way" to honor his memory was to "make Brexit." .

Shadow Labor Chancellor John McDonnell also asked the head of the civil service – Sir Mark Sedwill – to investigate Hammond's claim that some bankers would benefit from reducing the pound in anticipation of a non-settlement.

And after Johnson arrived at the conservative conference with his partner Carrie Symonds, he faced questions about his ties to Jennifer Arcuri – an American businesswoman who received public money and privileged access to foreign trade missions while he was mayor.

The prime minister insisted that he and Arcuri "did a tremendous amount of work" together and the government denied that he and Acuri put pressure on the government for an additional £ 100 million grant she later earned.

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