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Johnson must quit if he Brex the law; Tory MSP says PM has to go if he snubs No Deal bill.

Byline: John Ferguson Political Editor

A Tory MSP has called for Boris Johnson to resign if he breaks the law in an attempt to force through a No Deal Brexit.

Former law professor Adam Tomkins made the astonishing intervention in a series of tweets about his own party leader yesterday.

The PM has insisted he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than agree to a Brexit extension beyond October 31.

But MPs - including more than 20 Conservative rebels - have voted in favour of a bill designed to prevent a No Deal Brexit. It has since been rubber-stamped by the Lords. When it passes into law, the legislation will compel the PM to ask the EU for the Brexit deadline to be extended if no deal is agreed by the UK and Brussels by October 19.

Tomkins tweeted: "Irrespective of what we think about Brexit, or the PM, surely we can all agree on one fundamental principle: the government is bound to obey the law.

"If the law compels the PM to act in a certain way, and if the PM refuses so to act, he has only one option: to resign his ministry. It really is as simple as that."

Johnson has also been defeated in his attempts to call a general election after failing to get the two-thirds majority for it in the Commons.

Bookies Coral has cut the odds on him being the shortest serving PM ever from 4-1 to 5-2.

It has been reported that Johnson will not carry out Parliament's instructions, and has argued he is only bound "in theory" by the defiant Boris Johnson law passed on Friday. But former attorney general Dominic Grieve has warned he "could be sent to prison" if he refuses to obey the law.

A group of MPs have now lined up a legal team and said they are willing to go to court to enforce the law if necessary.

Kirsty Blackman MP, the SNP's deputy leader at Westminster, said: "Boris Johnson must make clear he will respect the law, respect democracy, and take the threat of a catastrophic No Deal Brexit off the table."

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