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Misconduct in public office is a criminal offence: cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance…

As is conspiracy to commit the same

Deliberately seeking to break the law as public officials would be an offence

With serious prison time

Johnson and his aides briefing press all need to calm down
If Johnson and/or his aides are indeed conspiring to deliberately break the law in respect of Article 50 extension, it is difficult to see what defence they could possibly have to a successful prosecution
And, as in Operation Elveden cases, the conspiracy offence can extend to those who are not public officials themselves
This is not about "goading" MPs into "impeachment" or daring courts to make mandatory orders

This is same territory as *any* public servant (and those conspiring with that public servant) seeking to break any law

This is the Rule of Law

Prime ministers are not above the law
And there would also be grounds for bring damages claims in tort on the same facts

Malfeasance in public office is a tort
So: overexcited late night briefing to reporters is one thing

But if there is a serious plan of action for the Prime Minister and his aides to deliberately break the law, they need to be *very* careful indeed

Intense legal peril for them all in their personal capacities
And the size of damages claims directly against Johnson and co for losses caused by committing the tort would be colossal

In addition to any criminal liability
Now a blogpost

What if the Prime Minister deliberately broke the law over extending Article 50?

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