After three days of hearings, the eleven judges of the highest British court must decide whether and how to intervene in the dispute between the government and parliament. If the verdict against Prime Minister Johnson fails, it should put him in distress. It's already finished Brussels.
The United Kingdom Supreme Court intends to take a decision early next week on the mandatory suspension of the British parliament imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The three-day hearing ended Thursday. In the dispute between London and Brussels on the Brexit Treaty, the situation is changing now. The UK government has responded for the first time to the EU's wish for "written proposals" with papers. For Friday a trading round is announced.
The London court case on mandatory parliamentary suspension included former Prime Minister John Major. The eleven judges of the Supreme Court must decide whether to intervene in the dispute between parliament and the government. If they chose this path, it would be judged if Johnson broke the law when he would get a five-week parliamentary break with Queen Elizabeth II.
Complains with former Prime Minister John Major: the entrepreneur Gina Miller.
The complainant lawyer, Lord David Pannick, demanded in his closing remarks that the MEPs "meet again as soon as possible next week". Government lawyer Lord Richard Keen warned the court against such a decision. It is a "forbidden ground" for jurisdiction. A defeat in court would be a blow to the head of government and should lead to resignation requests.
Scottish court accused Johnson of deception
Last week, the Scottish Supreme Court had accused Johnson of misleading the queen of his true intentions for the parliamentary break. The London High Court, however, rejected the trial. As a result, it is a purely political issue. Both judgments should be reviewed.
Despite a mandatory hiatus, effective on the night of Sept. 10, Johnson could not prevent MPs from passing a bill against Brexit, a draft without debate, by Parliament . It obliges the Prime Minister to request a postponement of Brexit if an agreement with the EU has not been ratified in time before the Brexit date of 31 October. But the Prime Minister does not want to bow to that. It threatens an unregulated withdrawal from the EU if Brussels does not respond to its requests to amend the Brexit treaty.
Johnson wants to change the final exit agreement especially on one point: he wants to remove the guarantee clause requested by the European Union for an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland British, what is called the "safety net". The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, recently called for concrete London proposals on how to replace bullet-proof with equal value.
EU exit negotiations commissioner for the UK, Michel Barnier.
Thursday, London presented for the first time written documents on requests for modification. These spokespersons are the "written proposals" desired by the EU, has not yet been examined, said a spokeswoman for the Commission. She announced Friday a meeting of British Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
London remains in place of the safety net
The United Kingdom Government cited the documents submitted as "a number of confidential non-documentary technical documents that reflect the ideas put forward by Great Britain". A spokesman for the government added: "We will propose formal written solutions if we are ready, without respecting an artificial deadline, and if the EU makes it clear that it wants to discuss it constructively in order to alternative solution. "
The current EU Council President and Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne had previously set a deadline by the end of the month for Johnson to submit amendments to the Brexit agreement. Otherwise, "it's over," Rinne told the Finnish news agency STT.
An EU diplomat explained that even though September 30 had not yet been discussed in detail between the remaining 27 states. But it was generally accepted that the EU needed enough time to internally evaluate the London texts and then negotiate with Britain. If you want to get results before the EU summit on 17 October, concrete plans can not be presented two days ago, the diplomat said.
"The British Parliament acted unconstitutionally"
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