United Kingdom government ensnared in court battles over suspending parliament

United Kingdom government ensnared in court battles over suspending parliament

United Kingdom government ensnared in court battles over suspending parliament

Proroguing Parliament is an unprecedented affront to democracy.

Opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's bid to suspend Parliament have been denied an interim interdict at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

The legal skirmishes are created to prevent Johnson from substantially shortening the amount of time Parliament will be given to enact legislation that might prevent a "no-deal" Brexit, which many economists believe would damage Britain's economy.

A Scottish court Friday rejected the first legal bid to block British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from suspending Parliament until two weeks before the October 31 Brexit deadline.

The prime minister said the European Union could "see the rough shape of what needs to be done" and it was "going to take a lot of energy" to get it done.

Former Prime Minister John Major, whose 1990-1997 premiership included the 1992 disorderly exit of the pound from the Exchange Rate Mechanism, asked to join one of the proceedings to block Johnson's order.

He also said there would be a backlash if people's votes in the 2016 referendum were not respected.

Mr Johnson said on Friday that if Brexit was reversed, it would do lasting damage to people's trust in politics, including the major parties.

"We are glad the court found against the interdict - there was no good reason to seek one, given the full hearing is due to take place next week, and the process of bringing the session to an end will not start until the week commencing 9 September", a government spokeswoman said in a statement. The result is everyone may be faced with Mr Johnson's version of a deal or the cliff edge.

Meanwhile, France's junior minister for European affairs, Aurelie de Montchalin, said on BFM television that "given how things are going, it's probable" that Britain will leave on October 31 with no plans for how to handle trade, travel and cross-border business the next morning.

He added that he meant to "seek to assist the court from the perspective of having served in government as a minister and prime minister, and also in Parliament for many years as a member of the House of Commons".

Tory rebel Oliver Letwin said he was working with a cross-party group of MPs to avoid the suspension of Parliament.

On the Labour side, shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti said "since the constitutional outrage" she had "greater comfort that minds are now focused, especially on the Conservative side".

She told Today there were ways of preventing filibusters and "any sort of public school dirty tricks" aimed at blocking legislation when it reaches the Lords.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab branded such claims as "nonsense".

This is not automatically granted but were it to be, the Prime Minister could potentially be called to face cross-examination.

Brussels again demanded "concrete proposals" that were "compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement".

"And so that's why I really hope that MPs will allow the United Kingdom to do a deal and to get ready for a no-deal Brexit - and that's the best way forward for our country".

A Scottish court will hear arguments on Sept. 3, a case brought by campaigner Gina Miller will be heard on Sept. 5 and a Northern Irish court will hear a separate case on Sept. 6.

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