'Repeal the Benn Act', urges Brexit Party MEP

Ben Habib wants the new law to be repealed

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Brexit Party MEP has urged politicians to repeal a law which forces the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay if his plans aren't backed by MPs.

Ben Habib said the so-called Benn Act had been "forced upon" Boris Johnson, and those that supported it should be "changing their position".

"Those people who backed the Benn Act should look at what has come out of Brussels now, and they should be changing their position," he told talkRADIO's Mike Graham.

"They should be moving to repeal the Benn Act and allow the UK to exit on October 31, and exit proudly as an independent state; not kowtowing to these people trying to bully us in Brussels."

Mr Habib's comments follow reports that talks between the government and the EU have begun to collapse.

Downing Street sources claimed German chancellor Angela Merkel had made clear that a Brexit agreement was now "overwhelmingly unlikely", which prompted European Council president Donald Tusk to accuse the Prime Minister of engaging in a "stupid blame game".

Under the Benn Act, Mr Johnson is required to seek a Brexit delay if he is unable to get the backing of MPs for a deal or no deal exit on October 19.

A legal bid to stop Mr Johnson from finding a loophole in the legislation was thrown out by a Scottish court, which said it had had “unequivocal assurances” that the government will comply with the law.

While the Prime Minister insists he will abide by the law, he has also been adamant that the UK will leave on October 31 "do or die".

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