Trump, EU chief to meet in Davos as US tariffs loom over digital tax: Sources    Egypt's tycoon Nassef Sawiris is Africa's second richest person    Europe stocks in green as China's GDP grows as expected; Stoxx 600 hit records high    Floods, road closures in Australia as storms lash some bushfire-hit regions    Gargash: UAE unreservedly supports Germany efforts to bring peace in Libya    Live score: Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa (English Premier League)    Inter Milan sign wing-back Ashley Young from United    Bale, Ramos ruled out for Real Madrid's clash against Sevilla, Benzema returns    Egypt's expected to see 5.8% 2020 GDP growth: UN report    Al-Hariri condemns Al Hamra attacks, amid protesters smashing central bank    Sudanese army regains control, opens airspace    France, US request to join East Mediterranean Gas Forum    Egypt's interior ministry says Mostafa Kassem received fair trial, was convicted terrorist    Three Egyptians on Forbes Africa's Billionaires' top 10 list    Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec    China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls    Art Alert: Bibliotheca Alexandrina to screen Oscar Shorts and star-studded films from Arab world    Screenwriter and producer Mohamed Hefzy's 'Ras El-Sana' to hit Egyptian cinemas in February    Egyptian actress Magda Al-Sabahi dies at 89    China, U.S. sign initial trade pact but doubts and tariffs linger    European shares edge higher after US-China trade deal    Egypt is best tourism destination for 2020 according to BBC    Washington meeting on GERD continues for third day    Egypt will not allow Anadolu's continuous ‘support of terrorism': senior official    Government launches Upper Egypt's first cultural festival    GERD filling will consider Blue Nile hydrological conditions, potential impact on downstream reservoirs: Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, US and WB    Egypt names executive head of comprehensive health insurance authority – ministry    New study finds Ocean acidification does not affect behaviour of coral reef fish    Nancy Ajram's husband charged with ‘intentional' murder    Trump, British PM Johnson agree on a ‘Trump deal' for Iran    6th of October Rotary club trains undergrads for teaching literacy workshops    BBC names Egypt as best tourism destination for 2020    Brain freeze: Russian firm offers path to immortality for a fee    WHO says new China coronavirus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide    Smooth mid-year    Ethiopian Dam talks to continue in Washington on Wednesday : Ministry    Inconclusive GERD negotiations    Mission Africa continues    Parliament approves three-month extension of state of emergency    Berlin Film Festival announces retrospective programme    NBE studies establishment of rowing club in Cairo    Egyptian sports in 2020: challenges and opportunities    Tough Mudder obstacle course race takes place for first time in Egypt    Egypt approves Uber's acquisition of Careem with set conditions    Egypt's Zamalek, Smouha presidents hit with disciplinary sanctions by EFA    Egypt's President Sisi pardons some prisoners on 25 Jan. Revolution anniversary    Egypt's Sami Anan released after near two-year detention    Liverpool's Mohamed Salah optimistic to see Egypt at 2022 World Cup    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





British lawmakers prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay
Published in Ahram Online on 07 - 09 - 2019

British lawmakers are preparing legal action in case Prime Minister Boris Johnson tries to defy legislation compelling him to seek a further delay to Brexit, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday.
An opposition bill which would force Johnson to ask the European Union for an extension to Britain's departure to avoid an Oct. 31 exit without a transition deal was approved by parliament's appointed upper chamber, the House of Lords, on Friday.
Queen Elizabeth is expected to sign it into law on Monday.
The BBC said earlier that lawmakers, including moderate Conservatives expelled this week from their party for backing the bill, have lined up a legal team and are willing to go to court to enforce the legislation if necessary.
The government had no immediate comment.
Johnson, a leader of the campaign to leave the EU during the 2016 Brexit referendum, took office in July after Conservative party predecessor Theresa May quit following three failed attempts to get a deal with Brussels through parliament.
The new prime minister vows to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal with the bloc.
Johnson has said he has no intention of seeking an extension and would rather "die in a ditch" than delay Brexit.
Saturday's Daily Telegraph reported that the prime minister is prepared to defy parliament's instruction to request an extension to the Brexit process if he fails to agree a new deal.
The newspaper quoted Johnson as saying he was only bound "in theory" by the new legislation.
Contempt Of Court
But a former director of British public prosecutions (DPP) told Sky News that Johnson could face prison if he refuses to delay Brexit in the face of court action.
It quoted Ken MacDonald, DPP in 2003-2008, as saying that legal action would result in a court ordering that the law should be followed: "A refusal in the face of that would amount to contempt of court, which could find that person in prison."
Corbyn said Labour was not as a party taking legal action but was aware of lawmakers' manoeuvres on the matter.
"The courts making a decision to try to make a prime minister abide by the law, made by a parliament, of which he is a member. These are strange times for democracy," Corbyn told BBC television.
An opinion poll on voting intentions, carried out by Survation for the Daily Mail, put the Conservatives on 29%, down 2% from the previous poll, with Labour unchanged on 24%. The pro-EU Liberal Democrats were on 18% and the Brexit Party 17%.
David Lidington, who was deputy prime minister under May, said that obeying the rule of law was a fundamental principle of the ministerial code. "Defying any particular law sets a really really dangerous precedent," he told BBC radio.
Lidington resigned just before Johnson took office.
Johnson says the only solution to the Brexit deadlock is a new election, which he wants to take place on Oct. 15 and could give him a new mandate to quit the EU on schedule.
Two-thirds of parliament's lawmakers need to back an early election, but opposition parties, including Labour, said they would either vote against or abstain on this until the law to force Johnson to seek a Brexit delay is implemented.
"We need a clear statement from the prime minister that he is going to abide by that act of parliament," Corbyn said.
Johnson failed to win enough support in a vote on Wednesday for an election. Another vote is scheduled for Monday.
Separately on Saturday, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said a "concerningly high number" of firms in the country are not ready for a no-deal Brexit.
The BCC said its survey of 1,500 firms found 41% had not even done a Brexit risk assessment. “Our evidence yet again reinforces the importance of averting a chaotic exit on Oct. 31," director general Adam Marshall said.


Clic here to read the story from its source.