Your morning news briefing, Thursday 10th October

10 October 2019, 02:12

There was some lighter news on Wednesday
There was some lighter news on Wednesday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Good morning and here is the latest in UK and world news you're waking up to.

Happy Thursday, we're over the hump and people's thoughts are turning towards the weekend. EJ here with all the news you need to kick start your morning.

Extinction Rebellion

On Wednesday the environmental protesters had been on London's streets for three days. Demonstrators still occupy Trafalgar Square, and many roads across the capital are blocked.

The Met Police confirmed they had arrested around 800 people since the protests began, one of the more controversial arrests was a 91-year-old who was arrested outside the Cabinet Office.

Global's Newsroom was on hand to record the man being put in the back of a police van:

Later today XR protesters are planning to descend on London City Airport, for two-and-a-half days.

Extinction Rebellion says it'll peacefully occupy the departure and arrival lounge, blocking security - but security's already been stepped up there.

Make sure to keep checking Global's Newsroom for the latest coverage.

Boris, Brexit, Boris's Dad and Bercow...

Wednesday was a day of ups and downs for the Prime Minister. After having previously referred to Extinction Rebellion activists as “uncooperative crusties.” His father Stanley Jonson told Global's Newsroom he was proud to be part of the "uncooperative crusties".

"As far as I'm concerned I'm going to wear that badge with pride," he added

But on Brexit, Judges at the Court of Session in Scotland delayed making a decision on whether they will sign a letter to the EU asking for a Brexit delay if Boris Johnson refuses to do so.

Anti-Brexit campaigners had asked Court to use the unique power of "nobile officium" allowing judges to send a letter on behalf of the PM.

However three senior judges said they would not make a ruling until October 21, giving time for the political debate to "play out".

But two people who didn't seem to be allowing time for things to play out were the Commons Speaker John Bercow and the EU Parliament President David Sassoli.

Speaking in the EU Parliament Mr Sassoli made comments which angered Nigel Farage, and will no doubt not leave the Prime Minister happy with Mr Bercow.

Mr Sassoli said he had a “fruitful discussion” with Speaker of the House of Commons.

He said the pair discussed his view that any request from British institutions to extend the deadline should allow the British people to give its views, be it a second referendum, or a General Election.

Nigel Farage was quick to brand the discussion between the two as "disgraceful" and asked what right Mr Bercow had to do this.

In slightly better news, Michel Barnier has said he thinks striking a Brexit deal by next week's deadline is "very difficult but possible."

Boris Johnson will speak to Ireland's premier Leo Varadkar at lunchtime.

Links Between Boris And Arcuri

Yesterday I brought you news that Boris Johnson (in a matter unconnected to Brexit) had replied to the London Assembly Oversight Committee regarding his relationship with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.

Today I bring you news that the Oversight Committee has branded Mr Johnson's response as "insufficient." Committee chair Len Duvall revealed the Prime Minister had asked for his response to be kept secret.

The Assembly have said they are considering their "next steps."

Drunk "Tube Shover" Sentence Increased

A trainee accountant who drunkenly pushed a man onto the tracks at a London tube station has had his sentence raised by the Court of Appeal.

Mathuram Muthuraja, 23, shoved Harsha Jayasekera onto the tracks at Barons Court underground in Kensington, shortly before a train was due to pull in to the station.

Muthuraja was originally jailed for three years at the Old Bailey in July after being convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

However, leading judges ruled the original term was "unduly lenient" and on Wednesday, his sentence was increased to five years at the Court of Appeal.

Diplomatic Immunity Case Ramps Up As Trump Steps In

President Trump has said he will see if an American diplomat's wife can meet the family of a British teenager killed in a car crash.

Anne Sacoolas is wanted by police in Northamptonshire over the accident - but has claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country.

The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump on Wednesday.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister urged the President to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the UK, cooperate with police and allow Harry’s family to receive justice."

Mr Trump told reporters it's a "very, very complex issue."

And Finally... WAGatha Christie

A row's broken out between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy over leaked stories from Instagram.

The wife of former England captain Wayne Rooney apparently spent five months sussing out who was sharing stories to The Sun - by blocking her other followers from seeing her posts.

Rebekah's denied it saying other people have access to hers. Twitter users lapped up the story as an alternative to Brexit, meaning for most of Wednesday #WagathaChristie was trending.

That's it, you're up to date. I'll be back tomorrow with more.