O’Neill says the court should not treat the documents submitted to the court by the government about the reasons for prorogation as “gospel” or the “complete truth”.
He also suggests that the document may have been written to provide “cover”, in the knowledge that a court might demand to see it.
Lord Reed says he is “looking sceptical about that suggestion”.
There is no reason to look sceptical. You can look upset. The fact is, read the documentation. And it says, ‘We know this will potentially cause us a challenge.’ We no affidavit that says this is true and complete. An affidavit would say this is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. One might not think that a government would engage solely in high politics as opposed to low, dishonest, dirty tricks. But I’m not sure we can assume that of this government, given the attitude that has been taken publicly by its advisers and by the prime minister himself to the notion of rule of law. So look perturbed, look upset, but don’t look sceptical. Look at the documentation.
At this point O’Neill bangs his hand on the table.