Boris Johnson’s Government intends to suspend Parliament for more than a month just days before the Brexit deadline. The move has enraged Remainers, who have responded by launching three separate legal challenges to try and block the Prime Minister’s plans. Former prime minister John Major today announced he was joining forces with one of the cases, led by businesswoman Gina Miller.
Lawyers for Mrs Miller this week made an urgent application to the High Court for a judicial review of Mr Johnson’s plans.
Two further legal challenges were made in Edinburgh and Belfast.
But are these cases just wasting court time and further dividing the British people?
Or are the Remainers right to fight against the Government’s plans to prorogue Parliament.
Express.co.uk is asking you, our readers, to decide whether the anti-Brexit activists are right to mount the legal challenges.
So far the legal action has been unsuccessful, with a Scottish judge ruling to throw out a challenge made by a cross-party group of parliamentarians.
The 75 MPs applied for an interim interdict at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Scotland’s highest civil court, to stop the suspension of Parliament pending a full hearing on September 6.
At just gone 10am today the presiding judge, Lord Doherty, said he was “not satisfied” that the evidence presented supported the need for an interim interdict.
But the judge requested the full hearing be moved forward to Tuesday, September 3 “in the interests of justice”.
In a statement, Sir John, who is pro-Remain, said: “I promised that, if the Prime Minister prorogued Parliament in order to prevent Members from opposing his Brexit plans, I would seek judicial review of his action.
“In view of the imminence of the prorogation – and to avoid duplication of effort, and taking up the Court’s time through repetition – I intend to seek the Court’s permission to intervene in the claim already initiated by Gina Miller, rather than to commence separate proceedings.
“If granted permission to intervene, I intend to seek to assist the Court from the perspective of having served in Government as a Minister and Prime Minister, and also in Parliament for many years as a Member of the House of Commons.
“I will be represented by The Rt Hon The Lord Garner QC and Tom Cleaver, who will be instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.”
At Belfast High Court, campaigner Raymond McCord also launched a legal bid to issue an injunction against the move by Mr Johnson.
Mr McCord, whose emergency injunction application was adjourned for 24 hours, was already pursing legal proceedings against the potential proroguing of Parliament.
The campaigners lawyer, Ciaran O’Hare said yesterday: “We are seeking an urgent injunction to compel Johnson to reverse his advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament.”
A full hearing will take place today from 10am, with Northern Ireland’s lord chief justice Sir Declan Morgan presiding.