Scotland's supreme civil court has decided on Monday not to force British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a deferment in Brussels if a "no deal" Brexit threatens on October 31. The case was brought by political activists.
The judge of the Court of Session in Edinburgh said in his opinion that there is no doubt that Johnson accepts that he "must obey" the law, Sky News reports.
Documents submitted to the court by the government state that the prime minister intends to comply with the law. The judge decided that this commitment is sufficient and closed the case.
The case put a spotlight on a contradiction in the statements of Johnson and his cabinet.
The British Parliament passed the Benn law in September - very against the Prime Minister's wishes - which obliges Johnson to apply for a Brexit postponement with the European Union if a British exit from the Union threatens without agreement at the end of October.
Johnson referred to the law as a "deed of surrender" and states that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than request a postponement. Members of his cabinet also maintain that delay is not an option. Johnson and his colleagues have not explained how the government can circumvent the Benn law.
Joanna Cherry from the opposition party Scottisch National Party (SNP) and other activists then brought a case before the Scottish court. They asked Judge Johnson to ask for a delay.
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