Brexit decision postponed by judges to see if PM ‘fully complies’ with Benn Act

Judges at Scotland's highest civil court are waiting to see if Boris Johnson fully complies with the Benn Act in seeking a Brexit extension before making a decision on whether he has broken the law.

At the hearing before the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Monday, it was accepted the Prime Minister had observed part of the legislation by sending the request by letter to the EU.

This is despite the fact he did not sign it and also sent a second letter – which he did put his name to – that said a delay would be a mistake.

Petitioners including businessman Dale Vince, Jolyon Maugham QC and SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC have now been granted a request by three of Scotland's most senior judges to postpone any decision to see if the terms of the Act have been fully carried out.

This includes waiting to see if any potential extension granted by the EU is accepted by the Prime Minister.

Aidan O'Neill QC, representing the petitioners, described the manner in which the letter was sent as "unusual".

He added: "We don't know when the EU will come back with a response for the request.

"So it depends on it coming back and ensuring the Prime Minister carried out the duties imposed upon him within the Benn Act."

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In this image issued by 10 Downing Street, showing of a letter written by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed to the European Council President Donald Tusk asking the European Union for a delay to Brexit Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. The British government has formally asked the European Union for a delay to Brexit — but also sent a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson arguing against it. Johnson was forced to request a delay after Parliament voted to delay a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal. A law passed last month compelled the government to try to postpone Britain's departure if no deal was agreed by Saturday. (Downing Street via AP)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: A police officer keeps watch over two pro-Brexit activists at Parliament Square as anti-Brexit activists protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Anti-Brexit protesters take part in 'Together for the Final Say' rally on October 19th, 2019, in London, UK. A few days before the Brexit becomes a reality, one of the biggest public protests in British history took place in London. More than a million people participated in mass outside parliament to deliver a message loud and clear to the Government and MPs that they should trust the people, not Boris Johnson, to solve the Brexit crisis. At the Parliament Square, speeches were given from leading cross-party politicians and celebrity voices who support a People's Vote. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: 'Tories Against Brexit' demonstrators hold placards on Piccadilly during the protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Lord Michael Heseltine speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: A pro-Brexit activist with a placard at Parliament Square as anti-Brexit activists protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: An elderly woman with a placard at Piccadilly during the protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: Elderly demonstrator with a placard at Park Lane during the protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/19: An elderly demonstrator shouts slogans along Piccadilly during the protest. A mass 'Together for the Final Say' march, organised by the 'People's Vote' campaign for a second Brexit referendum. Britain's political crisis over Brexit has once again reached fever pitch as the UK's October 31 departure date from the EU draws closer, with MPs and the public as divided as ever over the issue. Campaigners for the so-called People's Vote, or 'Final Say' referendum, argue that the kind of Brexit on offer from Boris Johnson's government has diverged so far from promises made by him and other 'Leave' advocates in 2016 that the public must again be consulted on whether it wants to proceed. (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Hilary Benn, Labour Party MP and Chair of the Brexit Select Committee, speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson responds to questions after he delivered his statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
General view of the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS
Labour MP Jess Phillips speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson responds to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Sir Oliver Letwin MP moving his amendment after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Sir Oliver Letwin MP listens as Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on the Government's new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaks during a rally in Parliament Square as hundreds of thousands of people take part in the anti-Brexit 'Together for the Final Say' march through central London to demand a public vote on the outcome of Brexit on 19 October, 2019 in London, England. The demonstration coincides with an emergency Saturday session of Parliament where MPs witheld approval for Boris Johnson's EU withdrawal deal. (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
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Former prime minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons, London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement on his new Brexit deal.
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Police officers monitor protesters in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A pro-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement to lawmakers inside the House of Commons to update details of his new Brexit deal with EU, in London Saturday Oct. 19, 2019. At a rare weekend sitting of Parliament, Johnson implored legislators to ratify the Brexit deal he struck this week with the other 27 EU leaders. (House of Commons via AP)
Morris dancers take part in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
First morning light strikes the Houses of Parliament in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit protestors march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former PM David Cameron as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Anti-Brexit supporters gather around the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Anti-Brexit supporters carry signs and EU flags during a march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson portrayed as the Joker as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters hold a placard showing current Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage as they take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman has the EU flag painted on her cheek as she and other anti-Brexit protestors march in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit remain in the European Union supporters take part in a "People's Vote" protest march calling for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Protesters at an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard rally in Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters in an anti-Brexit, 'Let Us Be Heard' march on Piccadilly in London, as they head to Parliament Square. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Stephen McGann (second left) and Sir Patrick Stewart (centre) join protesters in an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters pull a float depicting Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings during an anti-Brexit, Let Us Be Heard march on Old Park Lane as they head to Parliament Square in London, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons, on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer responds to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay's statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer responds to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay's statement on the Government's new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on the Government's new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, to go to the Houses of Parliament in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
Former justice secretary David Gauke responds to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on his new Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
General view of the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Labour MP Jess Phillips outside the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
A European Union and an Irish flag fly outside the Houses of Parliament in London ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves number 10 Downing Street, on his way to the House of Commons, which is sitting on a Saturday for the first time since 1982. Picture date: Saturday October 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
(Left to right) DUP MPs Nigel Dodds, Gregory Campbell, and Sammy Wilson listen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement in the House of Commons, London, to update the House on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday" .
MP Liz Saville-Roberts holds a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement outside the Houses of Parliament in London ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivering a statement in the House of Commons on his new Brexit deal after the EU Council summit, on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday".
Anti-Brexit demonstrators carry placards and EU flags in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Anti-Brexit demonstrators carry placards and EU flags in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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Mr O'Neill claimed there was a breach of the principle that Mr Johnson would not try to frustrate the purposes of the legislation, but this would also be for the court to decide at a later date.

Judge Lord Brodie said: "I think it is fair to say it was a very carefully written letter."

Mr O'Neill said the Prime Minister was "sailing very close to the wind" and "not entirely in accord with spirit" of the Act by sending the second letter, in which he said an extension would "damage" the UK's interests.

The case could also be made null if Parliament accepts the withdrawal deal brought to them by the Prime Minister.

David Johnston QC, representing the UK Government, argued the appeal should be dismissed as the letter had been sent.

The court said it would return to the matter at a later date.

During the case's first hearing on October 9, the Government's lawyers assured the court Mr Johnson would adhere to the law in writing and before the judges – despite the Prime Minister's repeated public declarations he would never request an extension.

The case was then postponed until after the deadline for the extension letter to be sent under the terms of the legislation.

Judge Lord Carloway said the decision would be delayed under similar terms to those in previous hearing.

He said: "The court considers that the case should be continued until clear that the obligations under the 2019 Act have been complied with in full."

European Commission president Donald Tusk confirmed at 10pm on Saturday that he had received the Prime Minister's request, tweeting: "The extension request has just arrived. I will now start consulting EU leaders on how to react."

Refers to his regret at being defeated

In his signed letter, Mr Johnson wrote: "A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us."

The letter, to Mr Tusk and copied to European Council president Jean-Claude Juncker, refers to his regret at being defeated over the Letwin amendment in the House of Commons on Saturday.

It states: "Regrettably, Parliament missed the opportunity to inject momentum into the ratification process for the new Withdrawal Agreement."

MPs voted by 322 to 306 in favour of amending the Brexit deal to withhold the Commons' approval until the necessary UK legislation to leave the EU has been passed.

The Government's response was to cancel Saturday's vote on the deal, with it expected to be brought back before MPs this week.

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