Your morning briefing: What you should know for Friday, October 4

Sean Morrison


PM faces court showdown as rivals bid to force Brexit delay

Boris Johnson faces another court showdown as his opponents look to force a Brexit extension.

In a dual legal pincer, Scotland's highest civil court is set to hear two cases that could compel Mr Johnson to extend the negotiation process.

A court will consider whether to grant an order ensuring the PM requests a delay from Brussels.

Scottish judges will also be asked to empower a court official to sign the extension letter if the Prime Minister refused to do so.

It comes amid a heighten threat of no deal after EU leaders warned they were “still unconvinced” by Mr Johnson’s fresh proposals.


Nazanin: I'll have no hope after daughter leaves

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has told how she will have “no hope or motivation” left when her young daughter returns to the UK.

The British-Iranian mother has been held in Tehran since 2016 on spying allegations, which she vehemently denies.

She will now be left without her weekly visits from her five-year-old daughter who is to return home to start school in London.

In a heartbreaking letter, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe wrote: “I have no hope or motivation after my baby goes.”


Trump publicly calls for Ukraine to investigate Biden

Donald Trump has publicly called for China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

The US leader made the statement amid an impeachment probe centred on him pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate his rival.

Democrats suggest Mr Trump betrayed his oath of office by trying to coerce Ukraine into probing Mr Biden.

Asked about Ukraine, Mr Trump has since said: “If they were honest about it, they'd start a major investigation into the Bidens."


Ex-hurricane to bring power loss and travel delays

Remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo are today to bring strong winds and rain to the UK, sparking travel delays and power outages.

The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for southwest, with downpours and gusts of up to 50mph expected.

Drivers have been warned there could be morning rush-hour traffic delays and some short-term loss of power as a result of the conditions.


Hero Pc receives award at Progress 1000 Gala

Britain’s bravest police officer received a rapturous ovation as he received the Evening Standard’s very first Progress 1000 London Hero Award last night.

Hundreds of people stood and applauded PC Stuart Outten as he was honoured during the gala at the Design Museum in west London.

The officer received the award for his bravery after being badly injured when he was struck repeatedly with a machete while on duty in Leyton.

Politicians and celebrities gathered at the museum for the annual award ceremony celebrating the best of the capital.


On this day...

1535: Miles Coverdale's translation of the Bible was published.

1883: The Boys' Brigade was founded in Glasgow by Sir William Alexander Smith.

1911: Britain's first escalators were introduced, connecting the District and Piccadilly platforms at Earl's Court underground station in London.

1957: Russia launched Sputnik I, the world's first satellite.

1958: The first transatlantic passenger jet service began operating.

1970: The American rock singer Janis Joplin died. She left 2,500 dollars in her will "so that my friends can get blasted after I'm gone".