Boris Johnson 'won't be deterred' from Brexit on 31 October

13 Septembre, 2019, 23:24 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker will meet Boris Johnson on Monday

The prime minister said he was "cautiously optimistic" of getting a Brexit deal, but the United Kingdom would leave by the deadline "whatever happens".

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC and barrister Jolyon Maugham QC said they issued proceedings at Scotland's highest court, the Inner House of the Court of Session, on Thursday.

It also follows the passing of legislation, brought by Labour MP Hillary Benn, that makes it illegal for the United Kingdom government from pursuing a so called hard Brexit.

Mr Johnson insists he prorogued Parliament to set out his domestic agenda, and not to push through a no-deal Brexit unchallenged, as some MPs had suggested.

This power, known as a nobile officium, would allow the court to sign a letter requesting an extension to Article 50 if Mr Johnson refused to do so.

With the PM saying he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask Brussels for a delay to Brexit past the Halloween deadline, there have been fears Mr Johnson may refuse to do so.

Mid-October is when Johnson would have to come to Brussels for a summit of European Union leaders with either a new withdrawal agreement or a request for a delay to Brexit, but the British leader insists he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than postpone the October 31 withdrawal.

"To impose such other conditions and penalties (including fine and imprisonment, where consistent with the European Union ) Withdrawal) (No 2) Act 2019 as to the court shall in the all circumstances seem proper and appropriate in the event of the order not being implemented".

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"The rule of law is not a thing to be grifted - not even by the Prime Minister", he said.

Mr O'Neill told the court that his clients wanted to give Mr Johnson seven days to lodge answers to their petition.

The government plans to appeal against it, and a full hearing is scheduled at the Supreme Court on September 17.

The Prime Minister responded, "I'm very happy to get back to Parliament very soon".

The Prime Minister did not react as one man was heard telling him: "Find a deal here - this is Doncaster, not Europe".

Parliament was prorogued, or suspended, on Monday until Oct 14, a move Johnson's opponents said was created to thwart their attempts to scrutinise his plans for leaving the European Union and to allow him to push through Brexit on Oct 31, with or without an exit deal to smooth the way. Such action is unlawful and wrongful.

Lord Menzies said: "We will grant your motion".

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