Boris Johnson's controversial advisor believes the prime minister does NOT have to request a Brexit extension under the new anti-No Deal legislation.
Dominic Cummings, 47, is deemed to be a & # 39; other interpretation & # 39; to have the significance and effect of the rebellious anti-No Deal bill – which is expected to receive royal approval on Monday.
The legislation is intended to force the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay after October 31 if Britain and Brussels have not reached an agreement in the run-up to Halloween.
But Mr Cummings said at a special advisers' meeting last night that Sky News says that the prime minister does not have to do this – which leads to a fierce discussion about how legally watertight the new legislation is.
The manner in which Mr Cummings attempts to circumvent the legal obstacle has not been disclosed.
Johnson was urged last night to break the law and become a martyr by Iain Duncan Smith, where the prime minister said he was only & # 39; in theory & # 39; was bound by the anti-No Deal law.
It appears that MPs have put together a crack legal team and if necessary go to court to prevent No Deal.
Today, Lord MacDonald, the former director of the Public Prosecution Service, said that if Johnson decided to ignore the bill, he could be prosecuted.
Lord MacDonald said: "According to agreement, you will be imprisoned if you are found guilty of defying a court order".
Dominic Cummings, 47, (left outside of his London house yesterday) is supposed to be a & # 39; other interpretation & # 39; to have the significance and effect of the rebellious anti-No Deal bill – which is expected to receive royal approval on Monday. It comes as Mr. Johnson (quite rightly, yesterday in Scotland) said that he would not like to seek a new extension of the deadline from Brussels
Johnson said last week that he would not like to seek a new extension of the Brussels deadline, because the incoming law forces him to do so if there is no agreement before October 19.
MacDonald told Sky News: & # 39; A refusal in that area would amount to contempt for the court that that person might find in prison. & # 39;
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn told BBC News that the party did not take legal action on the legislation, but said it was aware of the actions being discussed and prepared.
He added that Labor would make a general election possible when we know that the danger of no-deal on 31 October will come to an end … We need a clear statement from the Prime Minister that he will adhere to it will hold Parliament's act. & # 39;
Tory grandee Lord Heseltine said the struggle for the & # 39; soul of the conservative party & # 39; is going on because he has the & # 39; ruthlessness & # 39; of the Boris Johnson government.
The former Deputy Prime Minister, a dedicated pro-European, said there was & # 39; deep unrest & # 39; was about how the prime minister and his & # 39; diligent & # 39; consultants acted.
Hilary Benn, the senior Labor MP behind the bill to stop No Deal, said that the prime minister must sign a deal or resign to postpone the EU's withdrawal, otherwise the case will go to court.
The Leeds member said the only solution is that the prime minister either agrees to sign an extension to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without an agreement, or resigns – and if he doesn't, the MPs & # 39; take steps in court & # 39 ;.
The exiled Tory rebel Dominic Grieve lashed out at Boris Johnson because he behaved like a four-year-old who has a tantrum, & # 39; while he warned the prime minister that he would be imprisoned if he ignored parliament.
In the meantime, Mr. Cummings is preparing for a general election and would have suggested that Mr. Johnson will campaign for the next five weeks – whether or not one has been called.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine (left) believes there is currently a & # 39; fight for the soul & # 39; belongs to the conservative party, while the former prosecutor, Lord McDonald, (right) warned that Johnson could go to jail if he ignored parliamentary law
Hilary Benn (pictured in the House of Commons on Wednesday) said the only solution is that the prime minister either agrees to an extension to prevent Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement, or resigns
Boris the Lame Duck: Remainer's project image of prime minister at Cardiff Castle
An image of Boris Johnson dressed as a green duck was projected onto the side of Cardiff Castle, in the latest Led By Donkeys campaign.
The image was accompanied by the words Lame Duck. Totally useless prime minister.
An image of the prime minister dressed as a chicken projected on Cardiff Castle
The illustration refers to Mr. Johnson's accusation that Labor Director Jeremy Corbyn a & # 39; giant chlorinated chicken & # 39; is.
A video of the prime minister has also been placed on the side of the Titanic Museum in Belfast.
The anti-Brexit campaign group also projected a clip from Michael Gove onto the side of Cardiff Castle, in which he gave a speech about the effects of a no-deal Brexit on the agricultural industry.
The projection & # 39; Lame Duck & # 39; was a retribution for a satirical & # 39; Totally Spineless Chicken & # 39; poster produced by the Tories
Earlier this week, after a photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg lying in the lower house went viral, they projected the image onto the side of Edinburgh Castle, with the words & # 39; Lying Tory & # 39 ;.
It is amid reports that the special adviser had met earlier in the week with government counselors about pizza and drinks, where he was asked at which seats the conservatives would try to get in a general election. But was & # 39; not convincing & # 39; in his response, and left those present & # 39; somewhat impressed & # 39; about the number of seats to be placed.
The new no-deal blocking rule excludes an early election for the European Council summit on October 17, because Labor and other opposition parties want the threat of leaving the EU on Halloween to expire before agreeing to a new one poll.
Labor, the Liberal Democrats, SNP and Plaid Cymru met on Friday and agreed to block the Prime Minister's election request when it was resubmitted to the Lower House on Monday.
It has put the Conservative party at odds about the Brexit crisis after Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that he could break the law to get Britain out of the European Union without a deal.
Debate on the legality of the new bill rages today, with Lord MacDonald, 66, the former director of the Public Prosecution Service, saying that the Prime Minister could go to jail if he did not respect it.
This is because, if Johnson ignored the bill, he could be found in contempt of the court.
Asked if it & # 39; an extreme outcome & # 39; Lord MacDonald told Sky News: & # 39; As agreed, you will be imprisoned if you are found guilty of defying a court order & # 39 ;.
Dominic Grieve, a former Tory MP who had removed the whip for rebellion last week, added: “He can't ignore the law.
& # 39; A prime minister is subject to the law of the country, just like everyone else.
& # 39; If he tried to ignore it, the government would be sued and ordered to send the letter.
& # 39; And if he did not send the letter, he would be sent to jail for contempt. & # 39;
But Mr. Johnson said yesterday that he would not like to seek a new extension of the Brussels deadline, because the incoming law, which was expected to receive Royal Assent on Monday, forces him if there are no agreement.
Hundreds of angry pro and anti-Brexit protesters clash outside parliament while police are on horseback and MP Anna Soubry says she is & # 39; too scared to speak & # 39; during the rally
Hundreds of angry pro and anti-Brexit protesters clashed outside Parliament today as the British political system approaches a state of paralysis.
The police on horseback intervened to separate 200 members of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance from the EU supporters March for Change after the Brexiteers sang to them and then threw a beer can at Parliament Square, Westminster.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Downing Street 10 and called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign, in a new day of chaos in the heart of the British government.
MP Anna Soubry refused to speak earlier today at a meeting on Parlimanet Square after she said she was & # 39; too scared & # 39 ;. In January she was called a Nazi, traitor and fascist by two men who support Brexit. Both received suspended prison sentences for their actions.
Brexit supporters have also been accused of throwing eggs at protesters against Brexit. (Pictured: A row of officers tells protesters calling on Boris Johnson to resign today & # 39; to come back & # 39; in Whitehall)
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot and left-wing activist Owen Jones also joined protesters outside parliament today. Labor has said it will block a general election until they are guaranteed that the government will not establish a no-deal Brexit
Shocking images of Westminster show Brexit supporters waving flags of England and the UK, and sing outside parliament, while one is also depicted with a bloody nose.
Anti-Brexit demonstrators were also seen who were handling EU banners and holding up placards holding the & # 39; eviction & # 39; demanded from the Prime Minister of Number 10 and called on members of parliament to oppose the closure of parliament.
Police officers formed lines to separate the two groups and, in some cases, even lifted their batons to force protesters back.
Earlier today, a human wall of agents from the Metropolitan Police blocked the route of anti-government protesters.
Police officers formed lines to separate furious pro and anti-Brexit protesters, while the British political system is confronted with paralysis about the Brexit deadlock. A Brexit supporter was also shown today with a bloody nose outside parliament
Protesters calling on Boris Johnson to resign and be respected for democracy gathered today in Whitehall and flared down
Labor MEP Diane Abbot and Sian Berry, co-leader of the Green Party, were one of the speakers against leaving the European Union outside parliament.
An anti-Brexit march was allowed to continue despite the confrontations and was surrounded by a heavy wall of police officers.
Rows of police, including officers on horseback, also stood between the two groups of pro and anti-Brexit protesters.
Marchers chanted & # 39; fascist scum, from our streets! & # 39; and & # 39; refugees welcome & # 39 ;.
Shocked by the frightening scenes that unfold outside the center of the British government, Ms. Soubry, leader of the Independent Group for Change, refused to protest for & # 39; intimidation & # 39; from the crowd.
Earlier today, protesters were stopped by police outside parliament. They released flames and waved English flags
Earlier today, protesters were stopped by police outside parliament. They released flames and waved English flags
& # 39; I don't know what I'm going to do & she said, & # 39; it's terrible, but there is also a side of me who thinks this is our country. I am a parliamentarian and I have the right to speak and I should not be afraid, but it is very, very, very disturbing and I am actually very scared. & # 39;
After talking to officers, Mrs. Soubry left the rally and said that she did not want to cause additional problems for them because they were monitoring both events.
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