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Emergency court hearing sought to prevent parliament suspension

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
28th Aug 19 3:06 pm

A legal challenge has been launched to prevent the prime minister from proroguing parliament. The motion has been submitted to the Court of Session in Edinburgh asking for the suspension to be suspended, as campaigners say it is an “assault on democracy.”

Jolyon Maugham QC the director of the Good Law Project confirmed legal motion has been filed with Scotland’s highest civil court.

Labour Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray who is involved said, “Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament is an assault on our democracy.

“This is the people’s Parliament and the people deserve to have their representatives in Parliament during this vital period.

“Legal action to prevent the Prime Minister suspending Parliament has already been fast-tracked through the courts and we are now seeking an emergency hearing to prevent this undemocratic action.

“A no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Scotland and the UK, and we will do everything we can to stop Boris Johnson inflicting such hardship on the people.

“The final say on Brexit should be handed back to the people.”

A hearing was due to be heard on Friday 6 September, but Joanna Cherry QC, SNP MP who is also involved in the legal challenge said they are now seeking to have the motion heard sooner.

Cherry said, “I’ve been on a conference call with @JolyonMaugham & the legal team in case of Cherry v Adv General to see if we can speed up the hearing due on 6 September to get court to look at what’s proposed ASAP.”

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