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UK News Judges to decide if unsigned Brexit letter puts PM in contempt of court

21:50  20 october  2019
21:50  20 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The court needs to decide whether those pledges included not trying to frustrate that act, known in full as the If the three judges find Johnson is in contempt , he could theoretically face a fine or even jail, but the court could “The question of whether the prime minister is in contempt of court – as many

PM sends to Donald Tusk a photocopy of the request required by Benn Act, with a conflicting view in a second letter . It will also put government law officers in a very uncomfortable position.” The late-night letters followed another Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter .

Boris Johnson et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be found in contempt of court if judges rule his Brexit extension letter failed to obey the law (House of Commons/PA) © House of Commons Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be found in contempt of court if judges rule his Brexit extension letter failed to obey the law (House of Commons/PA)

Judges are set to decide whether the unsigned letter sent by Boris Johnson asking for a Brexit extension from the EU complied with the Benn Act, or if the Prime Minister is in contempt of court.

Although Mr Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension, as required by the so-called Benn Act, he did not sign it and also sent a second letter – which he signed – that said a delay would be a mistake.

A hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Scotland’s most senior judge Lord Carloway, and two other judges, was postponed until after the deadline for the extension letter to be sent under the terms of the Benn Act.

Judges to decide if unsigned Brexit letter puts PM in contempt of court

  Judges to decide if unsigned Brexit letter puts PM in contempt of court A resuming court hearing will rule on whether the Prime Minister upheld the law with his contradictory letters to the EU.Although Mr Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension, as required by the so-called Benn Act, he did not sign it and also sent a second letter – which he signed – that said a delay would be a mistake.

Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter . Prime minister broke promise not to frustrate Benn act, Scotland’s most senior judge will hear. Brexit : Johnson sends unsigned letter asking for delay, and second arguing against it. PM sends to Donald Tusk a photocopy of the request

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain's exit from the bloc and also said he did not want the Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of

Now that the deadline has passed, the hearing is set to resume on Monday but the Prime Minister’s attempts to avoid requesting an extension raises questions about whether the court views the unsigned letter – and second contradictory letter – as obeying the law.

The petitioners behind the legal challenge at the Court of Session, led by Good Law Project founder Jolyon Maugham QC, confirmed that the resumed hearing would go ahead on Monday.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Jolyon Maugham QC outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Jolyon Maugham QC outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Addressing the legal action, Mr Maugham explained: “The court’s role is to uphold the law – not to act as parent to a stroppy child.

Judges To Decide If Unsigned Brexit Letter Puts Boris Johnson In Contempt Of Court

  Judges To Decide If Unsigned Brexit Letter Puts Boris Johnson In Contempt Of Court Judges are set to decide whether the unsigned letter sent by Boris Johnson asking for a Brexit extension from the EU complied with the Benn Act, or if the prime minister is in contempt of court. Although Johnson sent a letter to the EU requesting an extension, as required by the so-called Benn Act, he did not sign it and also sent a second letter – which he signed – that said a delay would be a mistake. A hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh by Scotland’s most senior judge Lord Carloway, and two other judges, was postponed until after the deadline for the extension letter to be sent under the terms of the Benn Act.The extension request has just arrived.

Anti- Brexit campaigners had asked the court earlier this month for it either to issue an order forcing Johnson to ask for a delay or for it to instruct that a letter “He may well be in contempt of parliament or the courts themselves because he’s clearly trying to undermine the first letter ,” Labour’s finance

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain's exit from the bloc, as well as a second note saying he did not want a "deeply corrosive" Brexit extension. Johnson was required by law to send the first letter , after parliament.

“The question whether the Prime Minister is in contempt of court – as many commentators have argued – is really one for it.

“But we will supply the court with a transcript from the Inner House hearing.

“The hearing tomorrow will go ahead.”

He added: “But the PM has made the request for an extension he promised he wouldn’t make, the EU is considering that request, and the question whether the PM and Advocate General for Scotland are in contempt of court is one for the Inner House.”

During the case’s first hearing on October 9, the Government’s lawyers assured the court that Mr Johnson would adhere to the law in writing and before the judges – despite the Prime Minister’s repeated public declarations that he would never request an extension.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Britain's exit from the bloc and also said he did not want the Johnson, for whom delivering Brexit is key to his plan to hold an early election, said he was confident that the process of

Lawmakers decided by 322 to 306 votes to support the measure tabled by longstanding MP and former The amendment postpones a decision on whether to back Johnson's revised Brexit deal and effectively If he does not write the letter , Johnson can expect to find himself in contempt of court .

If the three judges find Mr Johnson has failed to uphold the law, they could find him in contempt, with potential punishments including a fine or even a jail sentence.

EU Commission president Donald Tusk confirmed at 10pm on Saturday that he had received the Prime Minister’s request, tweeting: “The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react.”

In his signed letter, Mr Johnson wrote: “A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us.”

The letter, to Mr Tusk and copied to European Council president Jean-Claude Juncker, references his regret at being defeated over the Letwin amendment in the House of Commons on Saturday.

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It states: “Regrettably, Parliament missed the opportunity to inject momentum into the ratification process for the new Withdrawal Agreement.”

MPs voted by 322 to 306 in favour of amending the Brexit deal in order to withhold the Commons’ approval until the necessary UK legislation to leave the EU has been passed. The Government’s response was to cancel Saturday’s vote on the deal, with it expected to be brought back before MPs during the week.

Joanna Cherry QC, an SNP MP who has been involved in bringing proceedings to court, described Mr Johnson’s actions as a “childish trick of not signing the letter and sending a contradictory covering letter”.

She added: “Our legal team are instructed to remind the court that as well as promising to comply with the letter of the Benn Act, the PM also promised not to seek to frustrate the purpose of the legislation.

“It will be for the court to decide whether his actions in failing to sign the letter of request and sending a letter setting out his contrary intentions are in breach of the undertakings he gave them or a contempt of court.”

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