Dominic Grieve says Boris Johnson could go to prison if he ignores no-deal Brexit legislation

Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve told LBC that the Prime Minister could go to prison if he fails to comply with legislation against a no-deal Brexit.

The Independent MP was one of 21 rebels who had the whip removed after rebelling against the government earlier this week.

Commenting on Boris Johnson's performance as PM, he said: "I've found his behaviour quite astonishing. Both his behaviour at the dispatch box, where he seemed ill-prepared and unable to answer perfectly legitimate questions.

"And now apparently his suggestion that he would defy the legislation that's been passed through both Houses of Parliament in order to crash us out on the 31st October.

"The simple truth is that he can't do this. It's the law of the land, he's a subject of the law of the land, as anybody else, and just because he's Prime Minister doesn't mean he mustn't do what the law says he should."

Grieve went on to describe the process that would follow if Johnson were to defy the law, including the suggestion that he could go to prison.

He continued: "The cabinet secretary and head of the civil service will all say to him that they will not help or assist him in any way because he's acting unlawfully.

"He'll also be told this by the Attorney General who, if he persists, will almost certainly have to resign, along with the Solicitor General, who are both the law officers of the crown.

"If he continues, then a legal challenge will be brought in court to order the government to comply, and it will include, if necessary, an injunction requiring him to do this.

"If he doesn't do that he could be brought before the court and, technically speaking, he could be sent to prison for contempt."

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Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Whitehall, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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