Monday, 19 August, 2019

Date set for major court showdown over no-deal Brexit

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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.

President Trump's national security advisor John Bolton has been meeting Boris Johnson and other key government figures at the start of a two day trip to London, with hopes of a post Brexit trade deal with the U.S. high on Britain's agenda.

More than 70 MPs and Peers have banded together to call on the Scottish courts to rule that suspending Parliament to allow the United Kingdom to leave without a deal would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

A judge has set the date of Friday 6th September after an initial hearing earlier.

"If the court agrees, then Boris Johnson will not be able to suspend the Commons for that objective without parliament's permission". He would require the permission of the Queen to do so.

The shadow home secretary said it was "above my pay grade" to confirm whether the Opposition's bid to test MPs' level of support for the Prime Minister would take place immediately after Parliament returns in early September.

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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.

With a majority of MPs opposed to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a deal, Johnson has suggested he would be willing to bypass MPs in order to achieve a no deal Brexit.

The move is backed by more than 70 MPs and peers.

Most MPs at Westminster are opposed to a no-deal Brexit, and there has been speculation that Mr Johnson could try to get around this by closing parliament in the run-up to 31 October.

In December past year, the European Court of Justice ruled that the Article 50 notice could be unilaterally revoked after a challenge was brought by Scottish lawmakers who also initiated their case in the Court of Session.

The Commons Speaker John Bercow has said the parliamentary session ending in order to force through a no-deal Brexit is "simply not going to happen" and that that was "so blindingly obvious it nearly doesn't need to be stated".

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