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UK: Scottish court delays ruling on legality of Johnson's Brexit letters

United Kingdom, Edingburgh
October 21, 2019 at 15:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

A court in Edinburgh postponed ruling on the legality of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to send the EU multiple contradictory letters requesting a Brexit extension on Monday.

Johnson sent an unsigned letter requesting a Brexit extension after losing a crucial vote related to his deal on Saturday, as he was required to do so by the so-called Benn Act.

However, the prime minister also sent a second signed letter repeating his position that an extension would be damaging and that his government was against one.

Elaine Motion, one of the solicitors for the plaintiffs, talked to the press outside afterwards, stating that Johnson must 'comply with the law' and 'cannot frustrate it'.

The solicitor showed herself happy after the court decided to keep the case going pending the outcome of the request for an extension.

"It is up to the court to decide whether he has broken the law, but it is fair to say that the letters were questionable and the court are aware of that and they have been brought to their attention", said Motion.

"It is up to the court to decide about the Prime Minister's actions. But, in short we are happy that it is being continued. He has to comply, he cannot frustrate and until the process has come to an end we will continue with this action", she added.

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A court in Edinburgh postponed ruling on the legality of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to send the EU multiple contradictory letters requesting a Brexit extension on Monday.

Johnson sent an unsigned letter requesting a Brexit extension after losing a crucial vote related to his deal on Saturday, as he was required to do so by the so-called Benn Act.

However, the prime minister also sent a second signed letter repeating his position that an extension would be damaging and that his government was against one.

Elaine Motion, one of the solicitors for the plaintiffs, talked to the press outside afterwards, stating that Johnson must 'comply with the law' and 'cannot frustrate it'.

The solicitor showed herself happy after the court decided to keep the case going pending the outcome of the request for an extension.

"It is up to the court to decide whether he has broken the law, but it is fair to say that the letters were questionable and the court are aware of that and they have been brought to their attention", said Motion.

"It is up to the court to decide about the Prime Minister's actions. But, in short we are happy that it is being continued. He has to comply, he cannot frustrate and until the process has come to an end we will continue with this action", she added.

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