British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces new legal challenge to Brexit 10 days after being insulted by the Scottish Supreme Court.
Scotland’s High Civil Court is scheduled to hear a lawsuit asking Johnson to extend negotiations on the EU exit plan to avoid the consequences of what would happen if no agreement were reached.
According to the British newspaper The Independent, the hearing of Edinburgh’s Court of Session will move on next week to the court’s Inner House, which will appoint an official under its powers to sign the request to Brussels in the event of Johnson’s spurn.
The court will also be asked to be able to impose sanctions against the British prime minister, including a fine, and could face imprisonment if he refuses to comply with a law enacted by parliament last month requiring him to extend the term to ensure an agreement with parliament by October 19.
According to the report, the case was filed by Scottish National Party MP Joanna Sherry and attorney Jolyon Maugham, the same team that managed to get a court decision on Johnson’s suspension of parliament, relying on a procedure known as nobile officium This enables the court to take urgent action to uphold the law in exceptional circumstances.
Sherry said she had less than 30 days to go before the Brexit deadline and Johnson was not trying to reach an agreement to avoid the disastrous economic consequences that would happen if Britain emerged without an advance plan.
She added that the British prime minister could not be trusted and that the court’s decision would ensure his compliance with the law if he chooses to defy parliament and is determined to withdraw without prior agreement.
In the same context, Maugham said that Johnson attempt to stop the work of parliament is unacceptable and has no impact and should not forget that no one is above the law, and continued by explaining that the parliament was elected by 46 million people, while Johnson was elected by only 160,000 people so when parliament decides to extend negotiations, this is what will happen because it is simply the text of the law.