BORIS Johnson could shutdown Parliament AGAIN if Remainers launch another desperate bid to block No Deal.
The PM has been reportedly plotting with Dominic Cummings and other close advisers over an emergency Brexit plan if he is defeated at the Supreme Court or loses another battle against MPs.
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Boris’ “nuclear option” would ensure the government, Parliament and courts face legal chaos days before we leave the EU on October 31, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Panic is said to have spread throughout Whitehall after the PM’s Brexit guru Cummings joked that executive power could be used to re-suspend the Commons, during a meeting with Tory special advisers this week.
A No10 source has since rubbished the claims explaining the Cummings statement was simply a joke.
They confirmed that MPs would have plenty of time to discuss Brexit when they returned from the five-week shutdown on October 14.
A Whitehall source told the Mail on Sunday that such a plan would mean “it would immediately go to the Supreme Court but that’s the easiest way to tie everyone up in legal knots and let the clock run down even further and there will only be two weeks left by then.”
A case deciding whether Boris was “unlawful” to suspend – or prorogue – Parliament will go to the Supreme Court on Tuesday – after Scottish and English judges delivered conflicting decisions.
After an initial decision backed the PM, the case was taken to Scotland’s highest appeal court where the shutdown was ruled to be “unlawful”.
The legal bid was brought by a cross-party group of 70 MPs and anti-Brexit activists fighting to reverse the PM’s decision to stop MPs sitting for more than a month.
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The decision, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, went against the ruling of the High Court last week – which rejected the case of desperate Lawyer Gina Miller and ex-PM John Major.
Miller’s legal team told the High Court that the PM’s decision to stop MPs sitting for five weeks was an “exceptional” length of time and “unlawful abuse of power”.
But after hearing submissions on Thursday, Lord Justice Burnett ruled this morning that this was not the case.
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