Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Scottish court to hear no-deal Brexit suspension case next month

Scottish court to hear no-deal Brexit suspension case next month

A legal bid to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending the UK Parliament to force through a no deal Brexit will have a full hearing next month, it was announced today.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks with prison staff during a visit to HM Prison Leeds, in Leeds, Britain August 13, 2019.

At a preliminary hearing, Judge Lord Raymond Doherty agreed to expedite the timetable for the legal challenge to take place, setting the date for the substantive hearing as Friday September 6.

Johnson has drawn criticism for pledging to leave with or without a trade agreement with the EU.

They have been investigating what parliamentary procedures can be used to prevent such an outcome, and in July backed proposals to make it harder for Johnson to force through any departure without a deal. Under the British Constitution parliament is usually prorogued for between one and two weeks ahead of the Queen's speech to the House of Commons and House of Lords in early November.

"That is simply not going to happen", he said.

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It has been suggested that in order to achieve a no deal Brexit, Johnson could decide to close parliament in the run up to the deadline.

More than 70 parliamentarians argue that sending lawmakers home before the scheduled October 31 Brexit date would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

Boris Johnson has refused to rule out suspending parliament. Britain's Parliament has rejected the existing agreement and the European Union refuses to renegotiate, so a no-deal Brexit looks increasingly likely, despite fears it could cause economic turmoil. Supporters of Brexit say while it might cause some short-term issues, fears are overblown and Britain will thrive outside the bloc.

John Bolton said the United Kingdom was the "first in line" for a U.S. trade deal when met with the Prime Minister on a visit to London.

The cross-party group of politicians is backing the legal petition, supported by the Good Law Project, which won a victory at the European Court of Justice a year ago over whether the United Kingdom could unilaterally cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50.

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