/Boris Johnson warned he could be jailed if he refuses to delay Brexit

Boris Johnson warned he could be jailed if he refuses to delay Brexit

Johnson has pledged to steer the U.K. out of the EU on October 31 “do or die” | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Refusal to follow the law ‘would amount to contempt of court.’

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9/7/19, 6:55 PM CET

Updated 9/7/19, 7:07 PM CET

Boris Johnson could go to prison if he ignores a bill requiring him to request a Brexit delay, according to a former director of public prosecutions.

Ken Macdonald told Sky News on Saturday that the prime minister could face serious consequences if he refuses to ask Brussels for a Brexit extension. A court, Macdonald said, would order that “the law should be followed.”

“A refusal in the face of that would amount to contempt of court,” which could “find that person in prison,” he said.

Macdonald held the prosecutor post between 2003 and 2008.

A bill to delay Brexit by three months passed all its stages in parliament on Friday and is set to become law Monday.

It forces Johnson to request an extension to the Article 50 process if he has failed to clinch a Brexit deal by October 19 — the day after the next European Council summit.

The prime minister has vowed to take the U.K. out of the EU, come what may, by the current deadline of October 31, and said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask Brussels for a further Brexit extension.

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