Labour wades into legal fight to stop Boris Johnson suspending parliament as Baroness Chakrabarti is given permission to intervene in judicial review
- Labour’s most senior lawyer joins legal battle to block suspension of Parliament
- Chakrabarti will intervene in case, mounted by Gina Miller, as official opposition
- She thanked High Court and blasted No 10 for ‘copying from far-right play-book’
Labour’s most senior lawyer has been given permission to join a legal battle to block the government from suspending parliament and ramming through a No Deal Brexit.
Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti said the High Court had allowed her to intervene in the judicial review brought by anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.
She thanked the High Court and blasted No 10 for ‘copying from a far-right play-book’.
Baroness Chakrabarti said: ‘I am grateful to the High Court for granting me permission to intervene in these important proceedings on behalf of the official opposition.
‘Parliamentary sovereignty remains the foremost and overarching principle of our constitution.
‘Whatever far-right play-book Number 10 may be copying from, the abusive shutdown of our legislature won’t wash under United Kingdom constitutional law.’
Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti has been given permission to join a legal battle to block the government from suspending parliament and ramming through a No Deal Brexit
Former PM John Major said he will also seek the High Court’s permission to fight the prorogation of Parliament in court.
Chakrabarti’s announcement came just hours after she called on grassroots activists to take to the streets in a mass demonstration of fury.
She fired a warning shot at the Prime Minister – who she accused of committing a ‘constitutional outrage’ – and vowed to prevent him proroguing the legislature ‘by any means necessary’.
The Opposition frontbencher, who is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most trusted allies, is the latest voice in a chorus of Remain-backing politicians to slam the government’s decision to temporarily shut down Westminster.
Mr Johnson’s request to the Queen to prorogue Parliament on Wednesday was widely seen as a move to ram through a No Deal Brexit by stripping MPs of the time needed to seize control of the Commons agenda.
The case has been brought by the anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller (pictured on Thursday) aimed at preventing Boris Johnson from proroguing parliament from next week until mid-October
Former Prime Minister John Major has said he will seek the high court’s permission to join a legal fight
David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth, hit back at Baroness Chakrabarti’s comments and told MailOnline: ‘Parliament is always prorogued at this time of year during the party conferences.
‘Labour’s party conference was still going ahead as planned and I wonder how many BBC journalists have already booked their hotels, so I don’t know why this is such a surprise.
Adding: ‘The fact is a Queen’s Speech is long overdue – we have a new government and a new prime minister.
‘From start to finish, this has been confected outrage, and the idea that this is some sort of coup is ridiculous.
‘The opposition parties could hold a vote of no confidence but they haven’t been able to get organised because of the egos of Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson.’