Diary - we must back the PM

An Indian summer beckons as the sun returned with a vengeance. While the weather improved, the mood in parliament did not, with the normal line-up of Remainers castigating the Government's plans to counter unreasonable EU demands that would see the UK divided. Robert Buckland defended the plans to potentially override the EU Withdrawal Agreement as an emergency Brexit "insurance policy". He hopes powers being sought by ministers in the Internal Market Bill would never be needed, as a solution could be found with the EU. Mr Buckland said he would resign if the UK ended up breaking international law "in a way I find unacceptable". But he made clear he did "not believe we will get to that stage". He is a Remainer, for the record. As of tomorrow, ill-thought-through restrictions banning social gatherings of more than six people will come into effect in England, following a rise in coronavirus cases. The "rule of six", which applies both indoors and outdoors, does not exempt children under 12 in England. Similar restrictions in Wales and Scotland do not include children under 11 and 12, respectively. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the government to act to prevent "mass unemployment" amid the pandemic. "If the government doesn't act, we face a tsunami of job losses," Frances O'Grady is expected to say. A government spokesperson said supporting jobs was "an absolute priority". And Israel is to impose a new national lock-down to contain the spread of coronavirus - with stringent restrictions coming into effect on Jewish new year.