Reaction to Court of Session decision on Brexit delay letter

09/10/2019

Elaine Motion, Executive Chairman of Balfour+Manson, which represents the petitioners, said:

"The decision today gives the Prime Minister time and space to comply with his legal obligations in terms of the Benn Act - and not to frustrate it.  

"If he fails to comply with the terms of the Act and does not sign the letter to extend the Brexit date, the Court will determine the matter on 21 October. 

“The decision by the Inner House of the Court of Session to continue the matter until 21 October reflects the fact that the 21st is the earliest date after the deadline of 19 October for the Prime Minister to sign the letter to the European Council.  

"Its decision vindicates entirely the Petitioners' actions in these cases which have resulted, for the first time, in the Prime Minister indicating in formal court documents that he will sign the letter and not seek to frustrate the Benn Act."