A Scottish judge has dismissed a move to force Boris Johnson to comply with a law aimed at avoiding a no-deal Brexit.
Following the ruling the PM said, ‘Rah, rah wiff-waff. I’m so uh pleased to see the uh, courts continuing to make such fine decisions to, uh, to uphold the rule of law. They have, as always, made a fine decision.’
Asked whether he remembered disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s ruling just a few weeks ago, Mr Johnson said he had ‘never disagreed with a courts decision’ and said if anyone wants to challenge that they should speak to Jennifer Acuri, a trusted and well-respected businesswoman who he may have met once or twice before and will vouch for is honesty and integrity.
Campaigners, including MP Joanna Cherry, had wanted to ensure the Prime Minister would write to the EU to request an extension if no deal is in place by 19th October. But Lord Pentland said there could be ‘no doubt’ that the prime minister had agreed to abide by the law.
Lord Pentland told the court, ‘The Prime Minister has been asked on numerous occasions whether he intends to break the law, and having sat through every single bumbling response he’s given I can confirm that at no point has he given what, in legal terms, would be called a straight answer. As such I find that Mr Johnson has, by default, agreed to comply with the law.’
As a result, he said there was no need for ‘coercive orders’ against the UK government or against the prime minister.
Lord Pentland went on to say that if campaigners have evidence to suggest that the Prime Minister is ‘anything other than straight as a die then they should present their paperwork to the court’.
MP Joanna Cherry, who instigated the challenge, said the paperwork is now on its way to the court, and she apologised to ‘anyone else that might have been hoping to use DHL today.’