Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including day four of the Commons debate on the Brexit deal
Theresa May has been speaking to EU leaders ahead of the summit starting on Thursday, including the Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, in a development that has intensified speculation that she is fighting to get new concessions on the backstop. She spoke to Varadkar last night. Commenting on the call, a spokesperson for Varadkar said the call was at May’s request. The spokesperson said:
They discussed the current situation on Brexit, including the planned vote in Westminster on Tuesday
They also discussed preparation for this week’s European Council and looked forward to seeing each other in Brussels on Thursday.
Michael Russell, the Scottish government’s constitutional affairs secretary, has issued this statement about the ECJ ruling. He said:
This is a hugely important decision that provides clarity at an essential point in the UK’s decision making over its future relationship with the EU.
People in Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU and that continues to be the best option for Scotland and the UK as a whole.