BORIS Johnson has been forced to deny lying to the Queen over his decision to suspend parliament for five-weeks before his Brexit deadline.

The Prime Minister said it was “absolutely” untrue he misled the monarch over his reason for prorogation after Scotland’s highest court implied he had done just that.

Three appeal judges at the Court of Session said yesterday that Mr Johnson’s decision had been “unlawful” as its true intent had been to “stymie” parliament’s scrutiny of Brexit.

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However the PM insisted it was a standard reset of the parliamentary calendar ahead of a new legislative programme in a Queen’s speech on October 14.

He also said the High Court in London had taken a different view from the court in Edinburgh, and the UK Supreme Court would now rule on the legality of his advice to the Queen.

On a visit to a ship on the Thames, Mr Johnson was asked directly if had lied to the Queen when he advised her to prorogue parliament on August 28.

He replied: “Absolutely not. The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide. We need a Queen’s speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”

He said he would not quarrel with or criticise the Scottish judges, and it was important to respect the independence of the judiciary.

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He also said he was “very hopeful” there would be a Brexit deal ahead of the EU leaders summit on October 17.

A law passed by MPs last week means failure to strike a deal by October 19 means the PM would be legally obliged to seek a Brexit delay until at least January 31.

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Mr Johnson has said he would refuse and would rather “die in a ditch”.

He went on: “Parliament will have time both before and after that crucial summit on October 17th and 18th to talk about the Brexit deal.

“I’m very hopeful that we will get a deal, as I say, at that crucial summit. We’re working very hard - I’ve been around the European capitals talking to our friends

“I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you can do it - it will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.”

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He also said that the UK would cope with a no-deal Brexit if it came about.

He said the Operation Yellowhammer planning document about a no-deal, which warns of possible food and medicine shortages and civil unrest, was a “worst case scenario”.