Make sure the Prime Minister obeys the law

by Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust

Make sure the Prime Minister obeys the law

by Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust
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Latest: Oct. 15, 2019

We're in court this Friday!

Our case against the PM is to be heard in the Court of Appeal this Friday. The Court of Appeal will decide whether our case can go ahead and, if so, will hear it there and then.

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Liberty is preparing to take the Prime Minister to court to ensure he complies with the law.

Parliament passed a law in September that blocks a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. It says that if a deal cannot be done and approved by MPs by 19 October, the UK Government must ask the EU for an extension.

Boris Johnson has said he will ignore this Act of Parliament. This will set an extraordinarily dangerous precedent.

This is not a Brexit issue. No one is above the law – and if the Prime Minister breaks it, we’ll see him in court.

Donate now to help stop Boris Johnson breaking the law. Any amount you can afford to give will make a huge difference to our case. 

There is much confusion about whether the Government will comply with its obligations under the “Benn Act”. The Prime Minister’s lawyers have told us it will obey the law, but Boris Johnson himself has contradicted that claim.

There can be no room for doubt. If the Prime Minster defies the Act, he will be tearing up the very fabric of our legal system and constitutional order.

Liberty is neutral on the issue of Brexit and has no view on whether the UK should seek a deal or leave without one. This case is nothing to do with Brexit – it is far more fundamental than that – and it is vital it is brought by an independent body with no political agenda.

Since Liberty was founded in 1934, it has played the role of independent watchdog. We’re not affiliated with any political party and receive no government funding. Our role has always been to challenge unjust laws, policies and practices.

For 85 years we have held Governments of all colours and persuasions to account. This case continues that tradition.

It is simple: the UK Government, whoever it is made up of and whatever it is seeking to do, must always act lawfully. 

Fail to do so, and they will answer to all of us.

Please donate whatever you can. 

In these extraordinary times it has never been more important to stand up to power – and we need your help to do this.

Your money will support our case against the Government. If this case isn’t brought, your donation will ensure Liberty can continue to champion your rights whatever the future holds for UK politics

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Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust

Oct. 15, 2019

We're in court this Friday!

Our case against the PM is to be heard in the Court of Appeal this Friday. The Court of Appeal will decide whether our case can go ahead and, if so, will hear it there and then.

If a full hearing goes ahead Liberty will ask the court to declare that the PM’s current position is unlawful and that he cannot take steps which would be likely to result in the EU refusing to agree an extension request, as required by the Benn Act.

This is an extraordinary step for us to be taking but the law is clear: if MPs haven’t approved a new Brexit deal by Saturday 19 October, the UK Government must ask the European Union for an extension.

Please help us surpass our £20,000 target by donating what you can and sharing our page with your friends and family.

Thank you so much for your valued support in unprecedented and challenging times.

Update 2

Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust

Oct. 7, 2019

The Prime Minister must obey the law

Today the Prime Minister has shot down his own lawyer’s words and has said in no uncertain terms that he will break the law. We need your help to stop him. 

On Friday, Government lawyers confirmed it will obey the “Benn Act” and ask the European Union for an extension if MPs don’t back a new Brexit deal by 19 October.

But now Boris Johnson himself has announced in The Sun that the UK will leave the EU at the end of the month, “deal or no Brexit deal”.

Regardless of where any of us stand on Brexit, we must protect our essential constitutional order from this dangerous power grab.

But we can only get our legal challenge off the ground if we reach our £10,000 target.

Update 1

Liberty and the Civil Liberties Trust

Oct. 4, 2019

Halfway there: Thanks for your support!

We’ve had an amazing response to this case. In less than two days we’ve hit £5,000 – halfway to our target.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated. Please keep sharing the page to help us reach our target. If the Prime Minister goes ahead with his threat to break the law, we’ll see him in court.

Please help us hit our £10,000 target by doing two simple things:

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