UK MPs to move court to foil Boris plan to defy law

UK MPs to move court to foil Boris plan to defy law
Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London.-AFP

London - Johnson has said he has no intention of seeking an extension and would rather "die in a ditch" than delay Brexit.



By Reuters

Published: Sat 7 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 8 Sep 2019, 12:23 AM

British lawmakers are preparing legal action in case Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to defy legislation compelling him to seek a further delay to Brexit, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday.
An opposition bill which would force Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension to Britain's departure to avoid an October 31 exit without a transition deal was approved by parliament's appointed upper chamber, the House of Lords, on Friday.
Queen Elizabeth is expected to sign it into law on Monday.
The BBC said earlier that lawmakers, including moderate Conservatives expelled this week from their party for backing the bill, have lined up a legal team and are willing to go to court to enforce the legislation if necessary.
The government had no immediate comment.
Johnson, a leader of the campaign to leave the EU during the 2016 Brexit referendum, took office in July after Conservative party predecessor Theresa May quit following three failed attempts to get a deal with Brussels through parliament.
Johnson has said he has no intention of seeking an extension and would rather "die in a ditch" than delay Brexit.
Saturday's Daily Telegraph reported that the prime minister is prepared to defy parliament's instruction to request an extension to the Brexit process if he fails to agree a new deal.
The newspaper quoted Johnson as saying he was only bound "in theory" by the new legislation.
But a former director of British public prosecutions told Sky News that Johnson could face prison if he refuses to delay Brexit in the face of court action.
 
 


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