Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

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The hearing is due to take place today in Scotland’s top civil court because English courts do not sit in August. The Court of Session in Edinburgh will be asked to give an interim ruling on the legality of Boris Johnson’s bid to suspend Parliament. A group of 75 Remain MPs had already begun legal action last month due to the likelihood Mr Johnson might attempt to prorogue Parliament.

They are today seeking an interim interdict that would prevent Parliament being suspended until the case has a full hearing on 6 September.

An interim interdict is the Scottish equivalent of an injunction in the English and Welsh legal systems.

SNP MP Joanna Cherry said: “We put in a motion looking for an interim hearing on the legality of yesterday’s decision.

“Something that has happened already can be suspended, something that is about to happen but hasn’t yet happened can be interdicted.

“It will be an interim order until such time as the court can make a full hearing.”

Mr Johnson wants to suspend Parliament for more than a month before Brexit, enraging opponents and raising the stakes in the country’s most serious political crisis in decades.

He has vowed to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 whether it has a divorce agreement or not and that also remains the legal default position.

The Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament for an extended period has sparked outage among opponents of a no deal Brexit.

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Labour and other opposition parties have vowed to press ahead with attempts to block no deal using legislation despite the decision to suspension.

Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner said: “It is going to be extremely difficult.

“That’s why the Government is disingenuous to say this is not about trying to stop us doing that.

More than one million people have also signed a petition calling on Mr Johnson not to suspend Parliament.

And some Conservative MPs opposed to a no deal Brexit joined the chorus of disapproval as lawyers prepared legal challenges to the move in the English and Scottish courts.

Mr Johnson said he wanted to prorogue Parliament to bring the current record-breaking session to a close and bring forward his Government’s new legislative agenda.

Former Tory prime minister Sir John Major was among those who attacked the move, saying he was seeking advice on its legality.



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