Boris Johnson criticises European Union lack of cooperation on Brexit deal

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2019

A legal bid to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending the UK Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit will have a full hearing next month, it was announced today.

The case had its first court outing on Tuesday at which the Court of Session decided that a substantive hearing would take place on September 6, said lawyer Jo Maugham from the Good Law Project which is supporting the challenge.

Frustrated with British MPs' inability to pass Brexit, the majority of the public now believes they should not have a say at all and let PM Boris Johnson handle the vexing issue single-handedly.

More than 70 parliamentarians argue that sending lawmakers home before the scheduled October 31 Brexit date would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

The findings also support the view of the Prime Minister's top adviser, Dominic Cummings, who insisted opponents of a no deal Brexit had left it too late. He would require the permission of the Queen to do so. A procedural hearing will take place on September 4.

However, despite requests from petitioners, he refused to not heard the case in the Outer House of the Court of Session in order to speed up the process.

The case has begun at the Scottish court of session.

The move appears to confirm that Labour will attempt to bring down the Government within days of MPs returning from their summer holidays, in order to provide enough time to try and block a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking before the hearing Jolyon Maugham QC, director of the Good Law Project, told PA: "A man with no mandate seeks to cancel parliament for fear it will stop him inflicting on an unwilling public an outcome they did not vote for and do not want".

A challenge brought by the same group of anti-Brexit politicians previous year saw the European Court of Justice rule the United Kingdom can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members.

The legal bid, backed by more than 70 MPs and peers, is seeking to get the Court of Session in Edinburgh to rule that suspending parliament to make the United Kingdom leave the European Union without a deal is "unlawful and unconstitutional".

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