Wednesday afternoon news briefing: Were Scottish judges 'biased'?

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Flying the flag: SNP MP Joanna cherry (right) alongside Jo Maugham QC with pro-EU campaigners outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh - PA

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Brexit turmoil: No 10 questions impartiality of Scottish judges

The judgment was dramatically unexpected. Shortly after 10am, Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament was ruled unlawful by Scotland's highest civil court. The Court of Session in Edinburgh found the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen that led to the five-week prorogation is "null and of no effect". Facing demands to recall MPs, the Government immediately announced it was lodging an appeal with the Supreme Court. No 10 sparked fury after a source suggested the Scottish judges were "politically biased". Read the ruling in full and follow the latest reaction in our liveblog with Danielle Sheridan. And Asa Bennett has everything you ever wanted to know about proroguing Parliament

Meanwhile, top UK Brexit official David Frost is in Brussels for talks about the political declaration with EU officials. As James Crisp reports, German chancellor Angela Merkel this morning said there is still "every chance" of securing a Brexit deal "right up to the last day". Here is a reminder of the likely impact of no-deal on Britain. There is now growing talk that a "Northern Ireland-only" backstop could be the answer, writes Europe Editor Peter Foster- but explains why it will not be easy. For more expert insight and analysis from Peter and our team across Europe, try the excellent Brexit Bulletin newsletter.

Michael Schumacher 'conscious' after pioneering treatment

Medical staff say Michael Schumacher is "conscious" after stem cell treatment in France, according to reports. The seven-time Formula One champion - who has not been seen in public since suffering serious head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident - is said to be in the Georges-Pompidou hospital. Henry Samuel, reporting from Paris, has the latest on the ex-driving ace's condition.

You're fired! Fireman Sam dropped for not being inclusive

Fireman Sam has been sacked as a fire service mascot after claims he is not inclusive enough. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had received "negative feedback" about the children's TV favourite. Gareth Davies has pictures of the less familiar characters that will replace him.

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Video: iPhone 11 test run - is it worth upgrading?

After Apple unveiled its latest devices, James Titcomb got his hands on the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro for a test run. They certainly have more cameras, but are they a worthwhile upgrade? Click here to watch a video of what he found.

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World news: The one story you must read today...

Not-so-snap-happy | China has arrested a Taiwanese man on state security charges after he crossed from Hong Kong into the mainland and reportedly shared pictures of troops. As Asia Correspondent Nicola Smith writes, it has renewed fears about arbitrary detention.

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Business and money briefing

Takeover bid | Hong Kong has tabled an audacious £30billion bid for the London Stock Exchange. As Louis Ashworth reports in our city liveblog, a merger would "redefine global capital markets for decades to come".

Sport briefing

Ashes squad | As England prepare to face Australia in the fifth Test this week, the squad has been announced. Click here to read who has been dropped - and who will be taking their places at the Oval tomorrow.

And finally...

Speeding loophole? | He spent £30k of his children's inheritance fighting a £100 speeding fine - but little did Richard Keedwell expect that his quest to challenge the "unfair" penalty might have helped uncover an error in the system that could save motorists thousands. Read on for details from Izzy Lyons.