Johnson accused in Scottish courtroom of searching for ‘autocracy’

In Edinburgh’s Court docket of Session, Aiden O’Neill QC has been arguing this morning for a petition towards prorogation of parliament by accusing prime minister Boris Johnson of exceeding the federal government’s energy and searching for to train “autocracy” and “one-man rule”, writes Mure Dickie in Edinburgh.

The petition by greater than 70 UK parliamentarians, which is backed by the Good Regulation Challenge arrange by anti-Brexit barrister Jo Maugham, is asking the courtroom to bar Mr Johnson from suspending parliament to be able to make it unimaginable to dam a no-deal Brexit.

Mr O’Neill mentioned:

We’ve a major minister who’s searching for to carry workplace with out accountability…the higher to make use of energy with out accountability. That isn’t a state of affairs that this courtroom can allow

The prime minister insists that prorogation will nonetheless depart parliament ample time to debate the phrases of Brexit earlier than the UK is because of depart the EU on October 31.

Attorneys for the UK authorities say that prorogation is an act of the queen that isn’t topic to judicial evaluation.

The UK authorities has mentioned that prorogation is routine forward of a Queen’s Speech which is required to set out its legislative plans.

Mr O’Neill mentioned there was no justification for such an extended suspension and the courtroom was entitled to attract inferences from Mr Johnson’s determination to not submit an affadivit below oath explaining his intentions.

The prime minister had a file of “incontinent lying”, he mentioned.

Mr O’Neill additionally complained of being “ambushed” by the submission of latest UK authorities paperwork within the case late on Monday evening, effectively after a deadline set by the courtroom.

The paperwork included memos submitted to Mr Johnson and his response to them whereas the federal government was planning the prorogation of parliament in August.

“It’s all a part of a common disregard, as if they’re above the legislation and above the principles,” Mr O’Neill mentioned of the late submission.

Performing for the UK authorities, David Johnston QC apologised for the late submission, which he recommended was brought on by the “fast paced” political state of affairs. Mr Johnston mentioned the paperwork can be utilized in a separate utility for judicial evaluation of the prorogation order that will likely be heard on the Excessive Court docket in London on Thursday.

Choose Lord Doherty accepted the submission of the paperwork saying it might be “extremely synthetic” for the Court docket of Session to proceed on a unique foundation from the Excessive Court docket.

The courtroom has damaged for lunch. Lord Doherty is predicted to situation a call on the parliamentarians’ petition on Wednesday, with the virtually inevitable enchantment to be heard by Court docket of Session’s increased Inside Home to be heard later this week. A ultimate determination on the authorized challenges is prone to be made by the UK Supreme Court docket.

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