Monday, 07 October 2019 15:20

SNP MP TO APPEAL COURT DECISION ON BREXIT EXTENSION

CHERRY: 'SLIPPERY' JOHNSON MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC has confirmed the petitioners will appeal the decision of the Outer House of the Court of Session in the case of Dale Vince OBE, Jolyon Maugham QC, and Joanna Cherry QC MP vs the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP.

The appeal on the enforcement of the Benn Act, requiring the Prime Minister to request an Article 50 extension to prevent a no-deal Brexit, is expected to be heard tomorrow in the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:

"As a result of this important Court action, we have forced the Tory government to concede that the Prime Minister will comply with the law, and promise to send a letter requesting a Brexit extension and not frustrate the purpose of the Benn Act.

"However, given Boris Johnson's slippery track record of acting unlawfully, and the contradictory statements issued by the UK government - we do not trust the Tory leader or believe he can be taken at his word to obey the letter and spirit of the law. As such, we will appeal the decision, and expect that appeal to be heard tomorrow.

"There is too much at stake to leave this to chance - the Prime Minister must be held to account. Tory plans for an extreme Brexit would be devastating for Scotland and the UK - threatening to cause a recession, destroy 100,000 Scottish jobs, and cause lasting harm to living standards, public services and the economy.

"Whatever happens now, it is clear the opposition parties must unite to bring this Tory government down, secure an extension, prevent no-deal, and hold an election. The SNP will put Scotland's opposition to Brexit and our right to choose our own future as an independent country at the heart of that election.”



https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/cos-general-docs/pdf-docs-for-opinions/2019csoh77.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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