Court Rules Against Legal Challenge To Stop Boris Johnson Suspending Parliament

Marco Green
August 30, 2019

Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom would leave the bloc "do or die" on 31 October - prompting some MPs to act to stop the United Kingdom leaving without an agreement.

Speaking on the latest episode of Brexitcast, the BBC editor predicted a battle of people versus Parliament in the coming weeks following Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

However, Roddy Dunlop QC, representing the UK Government, called on the judge to reject the request, as the Queen has already prorogued Parliament and there is "no reason" to have an interim decision on such an important matter.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said, "As we have set out, the government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda, and MPs are not prevented from scrutinising our withdrawal from the EU".

"I have said right from my first day in office that we are ready to work in an energetic and determined way to get a deal done", the Prime Minister said.

Scotland's highest civil court received the petition from a cross-party group of MPs and peers earlier this summer after suspicions arose that the Prime Minster was considering proroguing the Parliament.

I'm going to move the substantive hearing forward to Tuesday.

In response to this, Joanna Cherry QC, SNP MP said on Twitter, "Our QC has indicated that the PM @BorisJohnson should lodge with the Court an affidavit sworn on oath about the reasons for the #Prorogation".

Anti Brexit campaigner Gina Miller leaves Millbank in Westminster, London.

Opposition leaders have demanded that Boris Johnson reverse his decision to suspend Parliament or put it to a Commons vote.

The man who is now in charge of the Government's no-deal preparations has fully embraced the reckless "do or die" pledge to crash out of the European Union on October 31, despite having said that closing Parliament would be a "terrible thing".

He said: "There are also public protests across the country this Saturday, there will be a rally in Parliament Square on Tuesday evening, and I encourage Labour MPs to be present and to share our message".

Now that Boris Johnson's actions amount to a slide towards dictatorship, depriving MPs of a voice over Brexit at this crucial time, Sajid Javid is ignoring his own warnings and is happy to serve under "a dictator of our country".

It follows thousands of people protesting outside Parliament on Wednesday evening, with smaller demonstrations in other towns and cities.

Leading rebel Tory David Gauke, a former justice secretary, said next week may be the only chance for MPs to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Critics have said that Johnson is trying to stop parliament blocking a No Deal Brexit.

"So I think Parliament does have a responsibility to act and it may well be that next week is the only opportunity for us to do so".

Mr Johnson faced resignations on Thursday by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and veteran Tory minister Lord Young, in part due to the Government's approach to leaving the EU.

Former minister Richard Harrington - who has been a vocal opponent of Mr Johnson's Brexit strategy - also said he will not stand again at the next general election.

The UK's chief Brexit "sherpa" David Frost met this week with the EU's Article 50 Taskforce and agreed that talks would be intensified.

Laura Kuenssberg claimed the clash between Remainers and Brexiteers will revolve around the definition of democracy and whether the Prime Minister's decision could be justified as a means to respect the will of the British people expressed in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

As things stand, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 31 October with or without a "divorce" agreement.

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