SIR JOHN Major will this week personally urge the Supreme Court to rule Boris Johnson lied to the Queen about suspending Parliament.
In an astonishing move, the line-up for the legal blockbuster yesterday revealed the former Tory PM will make a 20 minute ‘intervention’ in the emergency hearing – which begins today.
Sir John Major is expected to take to the stand on the final day of three on Thursday.
Furious Brexiteers last night said they were “astonished”.
Iain Duncan Smith told The Sun: “All I can say is that his purpose in doing this must be to give the Supreme Court a ready example of hubris.
“This is the Prime Minister who prorogued Parliament in 1997 during the Cash for Questions saga!”
Eleven Supreme Court justices will hear the claim that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in advising the Queen to suspend Parliament in a bid to thwart attempts to block Brexit.
It’s the biggest number since Gina Miller took the Government to the Supreme Court over the triggering of Article 50 in 2016.
The London court has already dismissed the prorogation claim once.
But the Scottish appeal court allowed the challenge last week.
Senior Tories fear Boris Johnson will be forced to resign if the Supreme Court rules against him.
The Government will be represented by Lord Keen of Elie, the Advocate General for Scotland as well as Sir James Eadie.
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The hearing combines the Scottish case as well as a separate claim brought in the English courts by businesswoman Ms Miller.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly claimed that his decision to ‘prorogue’ Parliament was designed simply to clear the way for a new Queen’s Speech and programme of domestic legislation from mid-October – two weeks before the current Brexit deadline.
Sources last night suggested that key Government personnel such as chief of staff Dominic Cummings would not be providing sworn affidavits defending their position.
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