Legal challenge submitted to Court of Session
Boris Johnson’s EU deal would be unlawful and should therefore not be voted on by MPs, according to a legal challenge submitted to the Court of Session.
The prime minister and European Commission President JeanClaude Juncker yesterday announced the two sides have come to an agreement on a “great new deal” for Brexit, ahead of a crucial EU summit in Brussels.
Good Law Project founder Jolyon Maugham QC, who says he will submit the emergency legal challenge to Scotland’s highest civil court, has warned the Withdrawal Agreement is unlawful – under legislation put forward by the Conservatives’ right-wing group of MPs known as the European Research Group.
Explaining his legal objections to the agreement, due to be debated in a special Westminster sitting tomorrow, Mr Maugham said it contravenes legislation stating it is “unlawful for Her Majesty’s Government to enter into arrangements under which Northern Ireland forms part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain”.