Did Remainers Work With EU To Write Benn Act? James O'Brien Asked The Man Who Wrote It

30 September 2019, 12:19

A Daily Mail article claimed that Remainers worked with the EU and French Government to write an Act which asks Boris Johnson to request a Brexit extension - but the man who wrote it refutes this.

David Lock QC told James O'Brien: "I drafted the first draft. Then, a group of people, all of whom were UK-based lawyers, some of whom are very eminent parliamentarians, took my draft and improved it."

He said: "If you asked me what was the process, it was all domestic. Was it being dictated to me by Europe? No. It's nothing to do with Europe."

Did Remainers Work With EU To Write Benn Act? James O'Brien Asked The Man Who Wrote It
Did Remainers Work With EU To Write Benn Act? James O'Brien Asked The Man Who Wrote It. Picture: PA

Lock said he drafted it at his desk in Worcestershire, without any help.

In a tweet, he posted a picture of said desk.

James O'Brien referred to the Mail article as "nonsense" and "an utterly unsourced claim".

Lock said: "Nobody got paid for this, nobody was giving instructions. We were doing this because there was a shared commitment that there was no mandate for No Deal and therefore, Parliament, if they wanted to, should be abe to enforce that. Parliament decided to do that."

He added: "Those who are complaining about it, looking around for some conspiracy theory to try and blame others. Frankly, just as the whole Brexit as the whole Brexit campaign was always run. It's simply not true."

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