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Case update 11 August 2019

An important update – we have permission to proceed

We can confirm that our action to prevent Boris Johnson cancelling Parliament has received (without an oral hearing) permission to proceed. 

A copy of the Petition, in which our director Jolyon Maugham QC, along with Jo Swinson and Joanna Cherry and some seventy other MPs and Peers, can be read here.

The Government’s ‘defence’ seems only to be that because Parliament amended the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Bill it follows that it is happy with any other suspension of Parliament. This (it seems to me at any rate) is an almost self-evidently bad proposition.

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At 9am on Tuesday the Court will determine the timetabling of the full hearing. The Court is well aware of the urgency of the matter. We are almost at what we need to raise but would be grateful for your help in getting us over the line.

Because the liars on the Hard Right seek to smear the work the Good Law Project does, and the BBC gives them a platform so to do and affords us no right to respond, let us say (1) that our director does not earn one single penny from any of the monies that go to Crowdjustice or the GLP, and (2) it is a matter of public record that the Good Law Project brought the case that (a) became Miller (and went public before she did) (b) forced the Electoral Commission to reopen its investigation into the illegal actions by Vote Leave and (c) established we could unilaterally revoke Article 50.

Finally, we are incredibly grateful to the legal team of Aidan O’Neill QC, Professor Kenneth Armstrong, David Welsh and Sam Fowles instructed by Balfour+Manson.