Boris Johnson Will Not Be Forced To Send Letter Asking For Brexit Delay

Boris Johnson will not be forced to send a letter requesting a delay to Brexit after legal action was dismissed by a judge in Scotland.

The legal action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was aimed at forcing the Prime Minister to send a letter to Brussels requesting an extension to Article 50 in the event of no-deal.

Documents submitted to the court on behalf of the PM were read out on Friday, in which he accepted he must send the letter under the terms set out in the Benn Act and that Number 10 would not attempt to ‘frustrate’ the legislation.

Lord Pentland had been asked to consider the effects of the Benn Act.

He said there “can be no doubt” that the prime minister, through his legal team, has agreed to abide by the law.

As a result the judge stated: ‘I am not persuaded that it is necessary for the court to grant the orders sought or any variant of them.’

The Benn Act, passed by Westminster last month, requires Mr Johnson to ask the EU for a Brexit extension to 31 January if Parliament does not agree to any withdrawal deal by 19 October.

Campaigners said they would appeal today’s decision to Scotland’s highest court on Tuesday.

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