Legally, British MPs would force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to comply with a law prohibiting the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without an agreement at the end of October.
Several legal experts told the BBC on Saturday that the Conservative prime minister may find himself in prison if he refuses to comply with a legal obligation.
The motion, initiated by Labor, the largest opposition force, was passed Wednesday night by the House of Commons, 327-299, a serious defeat for Johnson, who vehemently opposed the initiative.
The House of Lords, the Upper House of the British Parliament, also passed a law on Friday night that would make it II. Queen Elizabeth enters into force with formal approval.
The essence of the legislation is that if Parliament does not give its consent to a new Brexit agreement by 19 October and that Britain’s membership of the EU will be terminated without an agreement, Boris Johnson will have to initiate Postponing the exit due on 31st January by three months, ie until 31st January 2020.
Unanimous decision by the European Council of Heads of State or Government of the European Union is required to approve further, now third, postponements.
However, Johnson has repeatedly stated in recent days that under no circumstances will he be willing to initiate a postponement with the European Union, and that the United Kingdom will definitely leave the EU on 31 October, whether or not there will be a Brexit agreement.
However, according to a BBC report on Saturday, a number of parliamentarians have initiated a group of legal experts who, if Johnson is really unwilling to comply with the law on bailouts, could have the law enforced.
David Lidington, who was head of the Cabinet Office in the government of former Prime Minister Theresa May – and was deputized as May – said in a statement to BBC radio on Saturday that the government was bound by “all words of all parliamentary legislation”.
According to Lidington, this is the cornerstone of British constitutionalism and would set a dangerous precedent if the government denied compliance with any law.
He added that it was particularly important to demonstrate the British government’s law-abiding behavior at a time when other countries are promoting “alternatives” to the rule of law and democratic governance.
Dominic Grieve, a former senior legal adviser to the previous Conservative British government, told the BBC on Saturday that Boris Johnson would be bound by the new law from the moment of his ruling.
According to Grieve, if the head of government does not comply with the law, he can be sued and, if necessary, the court may order that he comply with the law.
If Johnson does not obey this court ruling, he could find himself in jail, added the former British legal adviser to the British government.
Lord Kenneth MacDonald, former director of the Anglo-Welsh prosecutor’s office, said a similar opinion on Saturday’s Sky News British television show. According to Lord MacDonald, anyone who defies a court order to enforce a particular law can be held liable for a criminal offense and sentenced to imprisonment.