[Ed. – Parliament is holding the prorogation ceremony as I type this, with nothing resolved. Speaker John Bercow reportedly pouted and acted out – showing his anger over the suspension – before joining fellow Conservatives for the walk to the ceremony. Parliament is scheduled to be back on 14 October; no snap election has been approved; Johnson says he has no intention of requesting the EU to extend the 31 October Brexit date, as voted by Parliament (with last-minute crossovers by Conservatives) last week.]
The U.K. government was today ordered to release private messages between senior officials relating to its decision to suspend parliament, as well as documents related to no-deal Brexit planning.
MPs voted 311 to 302 in favor of a motion demanding the documentation’s release, in an emergency debate just hours before parliament was suspended until October 14. …
Number 10 officials said ahead of the vote that “under no circumstances” would they comply with the demands.
“The scope of the information requested … is disproportionate and unprecedented,” a government spokesperson said after the motion passed. “We will consider the implications of this vote and respond in due course.”