Webster: “It wouldn’t add anything.”
“It would,” contradicts Lord Pentland, in the snappiest part of the hearing so far!
Pentland to Webster: ‘You’re not suggesting that the law officers of the UK Government are not subject to the same standards as all citizens to make representations to this court?’
UKGov failing to fully engage not going down well, it seems.
Webster says he should not draw negative inferences from this.
“No,” Webster confirms.
This is the extract image I shared earlier today.
No clear answer given.
Lord Pentland: “That’s because I raised it again.”
This goes to the heart of the matter - can you trust what the UK Government says to the Court? And will it even abide by the spirit & letter of the law & orders?
They said prorogation was an “academic” & “hypothetical” situation while Downing Street was drawing up its prorogation plans - it’s legal team presumably uninformed.
But Pentland even picking away at this - saying Court of Session can act when it appears a duty will be breached.