Lady Justice Rafferty, one of the UK’s high court judges, rejected a bid to prosecute British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the Supreme Court, for claiming in 2016 that the EU cost the UK £350 million a week, Reuters reported on Wednesday August 14th.
Campaigner Marcus Ball, 29, has accused Johnson of lying about the benefits of Brexit before the 2016 EU referendum.
A magistrate’s decision in May to summon Johnson to face the charges was overturned by London’s Royal Courts of Justice, the following month, as judges thought that the magistrate’s decision was flawed, and that the latter had to consider the possibility that the case could be “vexatious.”
Johnson, who succeeded Theresa May in July, said the UK would leave the EU on October 31st, with or without a divorce deal.
Britain is willing to withdraw from the EU with a deal that would help it avoid economic disruption, but the EU and Ireland insist that Britain must abide by the backstop, an insurance policy that would force Britain to stay in a customs union with the EU.
Trade between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is under the jurisdiction of the UK, takes place with few restrictions, as they are both part of the EU single market for now. Without the backstop, trade between them will be subject to restrictions following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.