BORIS Johnson was forced to cut his New York trip short in the wake of an embarrassing Supreme Court defeat.
The Prime Minister will now face hundreds of angry MPs in the House of Commons – a body he tried his best to suspend. Here’s the latest.
Why is he giving the speech?
Johnson is in the embarrassing position of losing a ruling that he was desperately relying on to push through Brexit.
Lady Hale delivered the unanimous Supreme Court verdict that his his prorogation was “unlawful” and “void”.
The ruling has resulted in Parliament reconvening today, September 25, when it had been suspended until October 14.
It’s not known what Johnson will say in his speech, but it’s possible he’ll try once again to call a General Election – despite failing twice to find a two thirds majority.
Cabinet minister Attorney General Geoffrey Cox told the Commons to watch out for an “election motion that will be coming before the House shortly”.
Boris could decide to bring forward a short “one line bill” to scrap the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – or to bring forward an early vote on top of the current rules.
At the moment two thirds of MPs are needed to call an early election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – as it’s usually once every five years.
But ditching the law completely would only need the support of half of the House of Commons.
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What time will he address the Commons?
It’s understood Boris Johnson will be addressing the Commons at around 4.30pm this afternoon.
The speech will be broadcast on BBC Parliament, Sky News and other channels.
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