Le­gal chal­lenge sub­mit­ted to Court of Ses­sion

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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”.

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