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Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

But judge Lord Pentland said it was neither necessary nor appropriate' to make the order because representatives of the government had already accepted it would abide by the law.

"I am not satisfied that the petitioners have made out their case based on reasonable apprehension of breach of statutory duty on the part of the Prime Minister".

They will now appeal against that decision at the court's Inner House, which is expected to be heard on Tuesday.

Businessman Dale Vince, SNP MP Joanna Cherry and Jolyon Maugham QC say they will now appeal Lord Pentland's decision at Edinburgh's Court of Session.

Legal action had been launched over fears the Prime Minister would attempt to find a loophole the so-called Benn Act.

It seeks to create an order which would force Mr Johnson to send the letter and prohibits him from frustrating the Act's goal.

In such circumstances, a letter could be signed by an official of the court.

The legislation requires the Prime Minister to send a letter to the European Union requesting an extension if no withdrawal deal is agreed with Parliament by October 19. It was proof, he said, that No 10 could not be trusted to honour the promises that government lawyers had given the court.

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Brussels has said the Prime Ministers proposals "do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement".

Boris has previously said, "we will obey the law" but will also leave on October 31 in any circumstance, without specifying how he would achieve the apparently contradictory goals - fuelling speculation that he had identified a loophole to get around the Benn Act.

Andrew Webster QC, representing the UK Government, argued this should be enough for the court to be satisfied that Mr Johnson would comply with the legislation.

He added that imposing any orders could "ruin" the negotiating strategy with the EU.

Aidan O'Neill QC, representing the campaigners behind the legal action, had claimed Mr Johnson's previous statements went against the submissions to the court through the documents.

Pentland refused to grant the three applicants an interdict, or injunction that would force Johnson to obey the act, after the government told the court in writing Johnson accepted "he can not act so as to prevent the letter requesting the specified extension in the act from being sent".

"For that reason we have asked the courts to intervene, to prevent the very real likelihood of the law being broken and great harm ensuing - this is the essence of an injunction, to prevent such a thing".

Boris Johnson waits for the Scottish Court's ruling on the Benn Act.

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