Date set for major court showdown over no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

The case had its first court outing on Tuesday at which the Court of Session decided that a substantive hearing would take place on September 6, said lawyer Jo Maugham from the Good Law Project which is supporting the challenge.

There is little hope that a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will lead to any breakthrough on Brexit, Irish officials believe.

Boris Johnson has refused to rule out suspending parliament.

More than 70 MPs and Peers have banded together to call on the Scottish courts to rule that suspending Parliament to allow the United Kingdom to leave without a deal would be "unlawful and unconstitutional".

They include Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and SNP MP Joanna Cherry.

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. He would require the permission of the Queen to do so.

As for the Telegraph, their article explained that Labour MPs have been told to cancel all travel in early September in anticipation of Jeremy Corbyn tabling a motion of no confidence in the Government.

Anti-Brexit campaigners have chosen to use the Scottish courts to hear their case because it sits throughout the summer period.

Meanwhile a report by The Institute for Government (IFG) said MPs may have limited opportunities to stop a no deal Brexit.

The move is backed by more than 70 MPs and peers.

A challenge brought by the same group of anti-Brexit politicians a year ago saw the European Court of Justice rule the United Kingdom can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members.

Should Labour succeed, Mr Johnson is likely to spark a constitutional crisis, with Downing Street sources indicating he will refuse to resign and instead attempt to call a general election after the Brexit deadline of October 31.

The Commons Speaker John Bercow has said the parliamentary session ending in order to force through a no-deal Brexit is "simply not going to happen" and that that was "so blindingly obvious it nearly doesn't need to be stated".

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