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1. Michel Barnier's 'Appropriate time' = it's not actionable.
2. The same issue went before the Scottish Court last October in one of Jolyon Maugham's cases. In that case the petitioner claimed Mrs May's WA breached the Taxation (Cross border Trade) Act 2018. The litigation failed on several grounds including:
3.
a) It's a fundamental principle that the Courts shouldn't interfere with proceedings in Parliament, and

b) It was up to Parliament to decide whether a statute be amended or revoked to comply with the WA.
4. So Michel Barnier's statement hides the truth. Until there is a breach (not just the threat of a potential breach at some point in the future, which may or may not happen), the Internal Market Bill cannot be challenged in the Courts.
5. Below pics are passages from the Scottish case. If you want to read the entire case it's here: scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-s…

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