Cash tells Tusk: Lengthy Brexit delay likely to face legal challenge

Veteran Eurosceptic MP, Sir Bill Cash, has today warned the European Union’s Donald Tusk that any further Brexit delay agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to face legal challenge in the UK courts.

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Earlier today, Cash tweeted a copy of his letter to Tusk and said: “Any decision by the Prime Minister to accept a long extension to Article 50 is likely to be challenged in the UK courts.”

As Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, Cash is arguing that constitutional law stipulates that a government cannot use powers to “frustrate the intention of Parliament”.

Cash dismisses resolutions in the House of Commons as having “no legal effect at all” and points out that it is laws, Acts of Parliament, that count.

In the letter to Tusk, Cash writes: “It is very important to note that Parliament’s legal intention for the UK to leave the EU is not conditional upon a Withdrawal Agreement.”

He goes on to make clear: “Out law is simply that the UK must leave the EU.”

Cash describes any move towards a long extension to be “legally unacceptable”.

Conservative anger continues to build as May seeks to further kick the can down the road after pledging that 30th June was the final deadline to Brexit.