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Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:06 AM

Boris Johnson 'to curb legal challenges over Brexit' in extraordinary attack on the courts

Boris Johnson is planning an extraordinary attack on the courts if he wins the general election, prompting accusations he is determined to prevent a repeat of judges thwarting Conservative Brexit plans.

The alarm has been raised over proposals in the Tory manifesto to curb the power of people to mount legal challenges – after historic defeats over the triggering of Article 50 and the unlawful shutdown of parliament.

A little-noticed section also hints at expanding the use of the royal prerogative to allow, it is claimed, the next government to ram through plans for the future relationship with the EU without proper scrutiny by MPs.

The moves appear designed to prevent a repeat of the damaging setbacks inflicted by the courts on both Theresa May, over invoking Article 50 without MPs’ approval, and Mr Johnson himself, over the prorogation of parliament.


A reminder of what's at stake if the Tories win an overall majority in the coming election.

The stage was set for what would amount to the fulfilment of the most recent parliament's attempted coup by the passing of Theresa May's Great Repeal Act 2017, which included provisions for Henry VIII powers that would allow the government to enact legislation without full parliamentary scrutiny.

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