Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including day one of the supreme court hearing to decide on claims that the suspension of parliament was unlawful

To make sense of any court hearing, you need to have the relevant paperwork to hand. Here is a guide to the background information you need to make sense of today’s proceedings.

A good starting point is my colleague Owen Bowcott’s guide to the issues at stake.

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A revived Stormont assembly could be part of the Brexit solution, the Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith has said.

In Dublin where he met the deputy prime minister Simon Coveney and a delegation from Sinn Fein, he was asked if Stormont would have a say on regulatory alignment on both sides of the border if Brexit talks collapsed. He replied:

I think it would be very helpful if the assembly was back up and running. I think there are opportunities through the consent mechanisms from the Good Friday agreement and I think the assembly and executive up and running could be part of that.

I think you are now drawing me into an area which I am not responsible for. The Brexit negotiations are being led by the prime minister.

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