Boost for Johnson as Court Rules in His Favor: Brexit Update


By Jonathan Browning, Alex Morales, and Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg

October 7, 2019


As Brexit negotiations resumed in Brussels, Boris Johnson got a boost from the courts. A Scottish judge ruled in the prime minister’s favor in a case that could have forced him to obey a law requiring him to delay Brexit if he can’t reach a deal.


But the lift may only be short-lived. The judge ignored the prime minister’s frequent assertions he won’t seek an extension and instead relied on assurances from government lawyers that he would obey the law. That may make it harder for Johnson to leave without a deal on Oct. 31.


Key Developments:


·         Johnson’s lead negotiator, David Frost, is in Brussels for talks with European Commission

·         Scottish judge rules in Johnson’s favor after pledges over Brexit delay

·         When This $2 Trillion Market Turns, Start Worrying About Brexit

·         Brexit Deal Prospects Fade as Talks Stall, EU Signals Pessimism


Government Won’t Publish Brexit Legal Text (3:45 p.m.)


Brexit Minister James Duddridge said the government won’t make public the full legal text of its latest proposals to the EU.


The full text “will only be published when doing so will assist with the negotiations,” Duddridge told MPs after being questioned about the issue in the House of Commons. “We’re not going to provide that legal text if it’s going to get in the way of negotiations and get in the way of a deal.”


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Johnson Wins Scottish Challenge on Extension (12:55 p.m.) ...


Johnson May Meet Varadkar As EU Seeks Progress (12:15 p.m.) ...


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