By Ben Kerrigan-
Legal action to stop a no deal Brexit is on the horizon, after a group of 24 parliamentarians including Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, SNP MP Joanna Cherry and independent MP Heidi Allen. lodged legal papers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week.
Their petition to be determined by a judge is to prevent prime minister, Boris Johnson, from proroguing parliament in the event of a no deal, so that Mps can have a say on how the Uk leaves the EU. The group have instructed the same Good Law Project team that triumphed at the European Court of Justice last year in a case over whether the UK could unilaterally cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50.
The strongly objecting pro-Remain politicians involved in the legal action at Scotland’s highest court argue that shutting down parliament in this manner would be unlawful.
The strongly objecting pro-Remain politicians involved in the legal action at Scotland’s highest court argue that shutting down parliament in this manner would be unlawful and unconstitutional with ”irreversible legal and constitutional and practical implications for the United Kingdom”.
Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of The EU on 31 October- do or die-with or without a deal. With a majority of Mps against a no deal, it is speculated that the prime minister will shut down parliament to force the Uk out of the EU.
The group add that the petition “clearly concerns a live constitutional issue on which there is a real and practical necessity to have the court’s determination as a matter of urgency”.