Boris Johnson 'won't be deterred' from Brexit on 31 October

Boris Johnson 'won't be deterred' from Brexit on 31 October

During Friday's hearing, Mr O'Neill also told the court that after the Prime Minister's answers would be lodged, the actual hearing would take a day to present to the court.

The remainers have personally named Mr Johnson in their petition after he repeatedly said that he would refuse to ask for an extension.

John Bercow has warned Boris Johnson against disobeying the law by not asking for a Brexit delay, threatening that extra "procedural creativity" in Parliament would thwart any attempt.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has also said the United Kingdom government is yet to table concrete plans for ending the impasse over the Irish backstop.

Mr Bercow went on to compare breaking the law to deliver Brexit with robbing a bank.

If the Government comes close to disobeying the Act, the Speaker said that Parliament "would want to cut off such a possibility and do so forcefully".

Mr Johnson would not have to ask for an extension to January 31 if MPs approved a deal or no-deal under the Benn Act, which was pushed through Parliament by opposition MPs and Tory rebels.

In his speech, Mr Bercow said: "Not obeying the law must surely be a non-starter".

But there have been fears Mr Johnson may try to wriggle out of the request, after he said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for a delay to the Halloween deadline.

It obliges Mr Johnson to ask for another delay to Britain's departure from the EU in the event that an agreement can not be struck at an EU Council meeting in mid October.

"While we have previously reached an agreement, as far as we can speak, we have no reason to be optimistic".

The challenge has been lodged at the same Edinburgh court that ruled the Prime Minister's suspension of Parliament was unlawful, and is being led by the same campaigners.

"The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide.We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level".

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