Brexit secretary to meet EU's chief negotiator

Brexit secretary to meet EU's chief negotiator

The British prime minister's first talks Monday with European Commission chief ...

"The inescapable inference to be drawn (from the evidence) is that the prorogation is to prevent parliament from exercising its right to disagree with the government and legislate as it sees fit", Major said in the witness statement, according to an excerpt read out in court by his lawyer.

She said the court would give its answer "as soon as it humanly can" and was aiming for early next week.

The judges, for their part, wondered why Johnson had refused to provide a sworn statement to the court about his reasons for the suspension.

The 28 European Union leaders are due to meet on October 17 and 18 in Brussels, less than two weeks ahead of the scheduled Brexit date of October 31. He said if the court intervened it would violate the "fundamental constitutional principle" of the separation of powers between courts and the government.

"This is, we submit, the territory of political judgment, not legal standards", Eadie said.

Just before the suspension, Britain's Parliament passed a law ordering the government to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if no agreement has been reached by late October. "We are exclusively concerned with the lawfulness of the prime minister's decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament on the dates in question".

He says it was a routine measure, but opponents claim he was trying to stop lawmakers scrutinizing his Brexit plans.

No-deal Brexit 'very real' possibility: EU leader

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker listens Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France, as members of the European Parliament discuss the current state of play of the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

If the ruling goes against Johnson, he could be compelled to recall parliament ahead of schedule, giving the legislature additional time to challenge his plan to lead Britain out of the European Union on October 31, with or without a divorce deal.

Most MPs are opposed to a so-called "no-deal Brexit" scenario, predicting that it would cause economic damage and severe disruption, including to food and medicine supply chains. But the government insisted Thursday it had sent "confidential technical non-papers which reflect the ideas the United Kingdom has been putting forward".

Thursday also saw the final day of the legal battle over Mr Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament at the UK's Supreme Court. The supreme court justices today sat as a panel of 11 judges to hear the challenge that the Prime Minister acted unlawfully when he advised the Queen to suspend parliament.

Again warning against the harmful consequences of a no-deal Brexit, EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said during the debate he wants to keep working "night and day" in order to find a satisfying deal for both parties and urged Johnson and his team to make concrete proposals.

Major, who famously described some of his own anti-EU cabinet members as "bastards", has argued vigorously that Britain should remain in the European Union and has warned that a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the nation.

"I asked the British prime minister to specify the alternative arrangements that he could envisage", Juncker told the European Parliament. But I made clear that I do have an intimate commitment to its objectives.

Top Brexit MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who runs the group of lawmakers tasked with Brexit issues, pointed out that this debate can not take place in Britain, because parliament has been suspended there. They adopted a non-binding resolution supporting another extension to the Brexit deadline, which has already been postponed twice.

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