Liberty fails in legal bid aimed at preventing no-deal Brexit

Court of appeal unanimously rejects request for urgent hearing before Commons voteAll the latest Brexit developments – live The court of appeal in London has refused the human rights organisation Liberty permission to hear an urgent application...

Liberty fails in legal bid aimed at preventing no-deal Brexit

Court of appeal unanimously rejects request for urgent hearing before Commons vote


The court of appeal in London has refused the human rights organisation Liberty permission to hear an urgent application seeking to prevent Boris Johnson crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Three senior judges, the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, the master of the rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and president of the Queen’s bench division, Dame Victoria Sharp, agreed that there was no need for the matter to be considered by the English courts immediately.

Richard Hermer QC, representing Liberty, argued that delaying any hearing until next week would allow the prime minister over the weekend – if parliament rejects a deal – to persuade the EU to refuse an extension to UK membership.

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