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Prime minister has said he is ‘very confident’ deal will be approved in historic Commons vote on Saturday Brexit extension unavoidable if MPs reject deal, says MerkelHow much of Johnson’s ‘great new deal’ is actually new?‘Super Saturday’: your guide to the big day 6.30pm BST A judge at the court of session in Edinburgh has rejected a bid by the anti-Brexit campaigner, Jolyon Maughan, that questioned the legality of Boris Johnson’s new withdrawal deal.The basis of the legal challenge by the QC and director of the Good Law Project was that the newly agreed deal contravened legislation – originally amended by hardline Brexiters to stymie the backstop arrangement – that prevents Northern Ireland forming part of a separate customs territory.It is a cardinal principle of constitutional law that the courts should not intrude on the legitimate affairs and processes of parliament.We had to make a decision to issue proceedings for interim remedies quickly or not at all; once the withdrawal agreement reaches parliament it becomes impossible to challenge.That was a difficult decision to make. It is difficult to move quickly and accurately and, the court has found, I got that decision wrong. 6.26pm BST In another broadcast interview, this time with ITV News, the prime minister has claimed his deal – which leaves Northern Ireland practically within the customs union, while removing England, Scotland and Wales – gets the UK out of the backstop.It busts out of [the] backstop, the previous problem with the deal, the previous deal that kept us locked in the customs union and the single market so, it’s a vast, vast, vast step forward.And what it also does, which is good, is it creates a period, a transition period from end of October, end of this month, there’s a period of standstill giving certainty to business and at the end of that it is perfectly correct that we will move to the new arrangements. Related: How is Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal different from Theresa May’s? There’s some good language in the level playing field stuff, in the political declaration about this country’s ambitions on the environment and on social protection you know we’re world leaders in this stuff, there are ways in which we want to go further than the EU.Under the freedoms that we will win it will be possible for instance for the UK to ban the export of live animals, which has caused offence over many years in this country and we can do all things differently to a higher standard and our aspirations to high levels of protection will be enshrined in the political declaration. Continue reading…

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