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A group of about 70 MPs from opposition parties are backing a bid to have Scotland’s highest civil court rule that Mr Johnson cannot ask Queen Elizabeth to prorogue, or suspend, parliament before the UK leaves the European Union on October 31. The case was first heard this morning, where the Court of Session decided that a substantive hearing would take place on September 6. This is because English courts do not sit in August.
Lawyer Jolyon Maugham from the Good Law Project, which is supporting the challenge, said: “A man with no mandate seeks to cancel parliament for fear it will stop him inflicting on an unwilling public an outcome they did not vote for and do not want.
“That’s certainly not democracy and I expect our courts to say it’s not the law.”
Mr Johnson has said the UK will leave the bloc on Halloween whether it has a divorce agreement or not.
But many MPs have previously said they will not allow a no-deal Brexit.
This includes Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson and the Scottish National party MP Joanna Cherry.
They were among other MPs who won a ruling last year that the U can cancel Brexit without the permission of other EU countries.
Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, who is also backing the case, said: “When Boris Johnson unveiled his vacuous slogan ‘taking back control’, voters weren’t told that this could mean shutting down parliament.
“The Prime Minister’s undemocratic proposal to hold Westminster in contempt simply can’t go unchallenged.”
A group of about 70 MPs from opposition parties are backing a bid to have Scotland’s highest civil court rule that Mr Johnson cannot ask Queen Elizabeth to prorogue, or suspend, parliament before the UK leaves the European Union on October 31.
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