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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 07:32 AM

15. Two developments on this today.

(1) It's been confirmed by the EU that Johnson's attempt at distraction by not adding a handwritten signature to the request letter is just that - the extension request is valid without it:

Adam Parsons

EU source tells me “it is of no consequence at all” that Boris Johnson didn’t sign the extension request letter

(2) The Scottish Court of Session has reconvened to hear its earlier adjourned case compelling Johnson to comply with the Benn Act by sending the letter and seeking an extension without trying to subvert the process though any other communication (the Padfield principle).

Although the accompanying signed two-page letter sailed close to the wind by saying Johnson didn't want an extension, it was carefully drafted not to infringe on the principle. As a result, Lords Carloway and O'Neill, who are hearing the case, have decided to continue it, effectively placing Johnson and the government under supervision. If they do appear to violate the Padfield principle during the rest of the extension request process, the court will reconvene again.

This is the best outcome from the case. Johnson's special adviser Dominic Cummings was briefing on Saturday that they were prepared to fight this in the Supreme Court if necessary, and some in the media were very excited at the prospect of more drama. Now they won't have the chance for such a grandstanding, rabble-rousing distraction.

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