BORIS Johnson has today been warned he faces going to prison if he refuses to delay Brexit.
The PM had insisted he would “never” postpone the looming October 31 deadline, despite being dealt a major blow yesterday when the Lords approved legislation blocking a No Deal Brexit.
The legislation orders Mr Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay until January 31 next year if no agreement has been reached by October 19 and MPs do not back No Deal.
Yet BoJo yesterday wrote to Tory members saying he would not carry out Parliament’s instructions to ask for another extension – saying he was only bound “in theory” by the law passed on Friday.
And the Prime Minister was today warned by the former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord MacDonald that he could face jail if he ignored the legislation.
The 66-year-old told Sky News: “It is by convention that if you are found guilty of defying a court order then you are jailed.”
“A refusal in the face of that would amount to contempt of court which could find that person in prison.”
Mr Johnson had previously vowed he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than to further delay Brexit – with sources claiming that he would even be willing to resign as PM.
And he told Tory members: “They just passed a law that would force me to beg Brussels for an extension to the Brexit deadline. This is something I will never do.”
The nuclear move could force an election if a majority government could be not be formed.
Boris Johnson’s demands for a snap general election were this week scuppered after being blocked by Jeremy Corbyn and Remainers.
The new PM was pictured rushing back to London with girlfriend Carrie Symonds today after cutting short his stay with the Queen.
Mr Johnson had intended to spend three days in a traditional Prime Minister’s retreat at the 93-year-old’s Balmoral castle but was forced to come home early.
Buckingham Palace officials were “very understanding” about the change of plans because of the ongoing Westminster turmoil, a No10 source revealed.
The Aberdeenshire trip was to be Mr Johnson’s first long stay with the Queen since taking office in July.
His girlfriend Carrie Symonds accompanied him on the annual September commute made by all Prime Ministers to Her Majesty on her long holiday
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A No10 spokesman said: “The PM has accepted Her Majesty Queen’s invitation to visit Balmoral.
“He will have an audience of Her Majesty on Friday followed by dinner, before returning to London on Saturday.”
A Government source added: “This is a very busy time for the Government”.
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