Ex-UK Prime Minister Joins Legal Action Against Boris Johnson Over Parliament Shutdown
Boris Johnson has warned of "lasting damage" if Brexit is delayed as former prime minister Sir John Major said he would fight the current prime minister in court.
Johnson is facing a series of legal challenges over his decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks ahead of a Queen's Speech on October 14.
Former Conservative leader Sir John will now seek to join an action being brought by campaigner Gina Miller.
John suggested his experience in Number 10 could assist the High Court in deciding whether Johnson's actions in proroguing Parliament are lawful.
But Johnson defended his decision and warned efforts to frustrate Brexit on October 31 would be seized on by Brussels to avoid offering a good deal.
"I'm afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need," he told Sky News.
He also said there would be a backlash if people's votes in the 2016 referendum were not respected.
"If we frustrate that mandate, if we stop the UK from leaving on October 31, if that's what parliamentarians end up doing, it will do lasting damage to people's trust in politics.
"It will do lasting and catastrophic damage to the major parties in this country and I think this political generation won't be forgiven for failing to honour that promise."
Businesswoman Ms Miller - who previously took the Government to court over the triggering of Article 50 to start the Brexit process - said her case would be heard on September 5.
Opponents claimed prorogation was aimed at stopping discussion of Brexit and hampering cross-party efforts to block the prospect of a no-deal withdrawal from the European Union - an allegation denied by Johnson.
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"In view of the imminence of the prorogation - and to avoid duplication of effort and taking up the court's time through repetition - I intend to seek the court's permission to intervene in the claim already initiated by Gina Miller, rather than to commence separate proceedings," John said.
"If granted permission to intervene, I intend to seek to assist the court from the perspective of having served in Government as a minister and prime minister, and also in Parliament for many years as a member of the House of Commons."
In a separate legal case in Scotland, judge Lord Doherty rejected a call for an interim interdict to block the suspension of Parliament but said a full hearing would take place on Tuesday.
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