Wednesday, 09 October 2019 11:51

SNP MP WELCOMES COURT DECISION TO "KEEP A WATCH" ON BORIS JOHNSON

CHERRY: JOHNSON MUST OBEY THE LAW - OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC has welcomed the Court of Session's decision to delay its ruling in the case of Dale Vince OBE, Jolyon Maugham QC, and Joanna Cherry QC MP vs the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP until 21st October - allowing it to keep a watch on whether Boris Johnson calls for an extension.

The SNP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson said the decision was a "victory for the petitioners and everyone who wants the Tory government to obey the law" - with the Court watching Boris Johnson's actions and holding a "Sword of Damocles" over him in case he fails.

Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:

"This decision is a victory for the petitioners and everyone who wants the Tory government to obey the law, and call for an extension, so we can avoid a devastating no-deal Brexit.

"As a result of this vital court action, the Tory government has been forced to concede the Prime Minister will comply with the law, and promise to send a letter requesting a Brexit extension. Crucially, he has also had to admit that he will not frustrate the purpose of the Benn Act.

"The Court's decision is a clear signal it will keep a watch on Boris Johnson's actions - and is holding a Sword of Damocles over him in case he breaks his promise. 

"The Tory Prime Minister must obey the law and call for an extension, or face the consequences - including the ability for Scotland's Supreme Court to force a request for an extension.

"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. That is a price that we must not pay.

"Once an extension is secure, the opposition parties must unite to bring this Tory government down 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.” 

Court delays decision on Brexit extension letter - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-49975066

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