Lawyer to bring legal case against PM Johnson’s Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) – A legal challenge will be brought against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s possible Brexit deal on the grounds that it contravenes domestic tax law, lawyer Jolyon Maugham said on Wednesday.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Maugham, who has been involved in successful, high profile cases that challenge the government over plans to exit the European Union, said he intended to lodge a petition to stop the government putting the Withdrawal Agreement before parliament.

Britain and the EU appeared on the verge of a last-minute Brexit deal on Wednesday but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still had work to do at home to ensure his government and fractious parliament approve the plan.

Britain has proposed that tariffs would apply on goods crossing from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland if they were deemed to be headed further to Ireland and the bloc’s sing


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