Benn Act

The Prime Minister stated that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October 2019 come what may, statements that could not be reconciled with his clear legal obligations under the Benn Act to request an extension.

We asked the Court for an Order requiring the Prime Minister to comply with the Benn Act and ask for an extension and, if he refused, to exercise its nobile officium jurisdiction to ask for the extension itself.

The Government kicked, screamed, and briefed against its obligations. The court, on our petition, kept a watchful eye.

The result was that the Prime Minister eventually, under protest, was forced by law to write a letter asking for an extension of Article 50. The UK did not leave the EU on the day the Prime Minister had promised.

Latest: The Nobile Officium Cases – the way forward

The Nobile Officium Cases – the way forward Dale Vince OBE, Joanna Cherry QC MP and Jolyon Maugham QC filed two cases in relation to the Prime Minister’s obligations under the so-called Benn Act. The first case...

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The Nobile Officium Cases – the way forward

The Nobile Officium Cases – the way forward
Dale Vince OBE, Joanna Cherry QC MP and Jolyon Maugham QC filed two cases in relation to the Prime Minister’s obligations under the so-called Benn Act.
The first case…

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The Benn Act Proceedings in Scotland

The Benn Act Proceedings in Scotland
The post introducing the present proceedings can be seen here. The proceedings stemmed from categorical statements made by the Prime Minister that we would be leaving the EU on 31 October…

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“The rule of law is not a thing to be grifted – not even by the Prime Minister.”

“The rule of law is not a thing to be grifted – not even by the Prime Minister.”
A group of three litigants – Dale Vince OBE, the environmentalist and businessman, Jo Maugham QC and Joanna…

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Cross-party group of MPs sues Boris Johnson in Scotland to stop him suspending Parliament

Cross-party group of MPs sues Boris Johnson in Scotland to stop him suspending Parliament
Earlier this week, a cross-party group of MPs, backed by the Good Law Project, asked the Court of Session in Scotland to…

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