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UK: Scottish court to rule on bid to stop Johnson's new Brexit deal

United Kingdom, Edinburgh
October 18, 2019 at 16:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

A legal bid to stop UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from passing his proposed Brexit agreement will be decided on Friday by a judge at Scotland highest civil court in Edimburgh.

Campaigner Jo Maugham QC hoped the Court of Session would suspend the deal between the EU and the UK as it will result in Northern Ireland becoming part of a separate customs territory to the rest of the country.

"We will watch what happens going forward and if the Government's actions are not consistent with the constitution then, you know, we may take further action," said Maugham, who lodged the petition at the court on Thursday and who believes the new agreement contravenes a current law stipulating it is "unlawful for Her Majesty's Government to enter into arrangements under which Northern Ireland forms part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain."

On Thursday, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that a deal on Brexit had been reached with Johnson. Now both the UK and the European Parliament need to vote on the deal for it to go in force.

Whether Johnson has the votes required for the deal to be approved is uncertain, as his government lacks a majority in the House of Commons and with the Democratic Unionist Party, which is in a confidence-and-supply agreement with Johnson's Conservatives, refusing to back the deal.

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A legal bid to stop UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from passing his proposed Brexit agreement will be decided on Friday by a judge at Scotland highest civil court in Edimburgh.

Campaigner Jo Maugham QC hoped the Court of Session would suspend the deal between the EU and the UK as it will result in Northern Ireland becoming part of a separate customs territory to the rest of the country.

"We will watch what happens going forward and if the Government's actions are not consistent with the constitution then, you know, we may take further action," said Maugham, who lodged the petition at the court on Thursday and who believes the new agreement contravenes a current law stipulating it is "unlawful for Her Majesty's Government to enter into arrangements under which Northern Ireland forms part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain."

On Thursday, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that a deal on Brexit had been reached with Johnson. Now both the UK and the European Parliament need to vote on the deal for it to go in force.

Whether Johnson has the votes required for the deal to be approved is uncertain, as his government lacks a majority in the House of Commons and with the Democratic Unionist Party, which is in a confidence-and-supply agreement with Johnson's Conservatives, refusing to back the deal.

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