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UK Parliament suspension challenged

POWER GRAB:Three courts have been asked to intervene in a request to suspend Parliament, while former prime minister John Major joined Boris Johnson’s opponents

AP, LONDON

The legislators backing the legal bid want Johnson to submit a sworn affidavit explaining his reasons for suspending Parliament. It is not clear if such a statement will be required.

The defiant British prime minister on Friday said that opposition to his plans is weakening the UK’s negotiating position by giving EU leaders the impression that Parliament might step in to block Brexit.

“I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need,” Johnson told Sky News.

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