Joanna Cherry

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(lawyer, politician)
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BornJoanna Catherine Cherry
18 March 1966
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
PartyScottish National Party

Joanna Cherry (born 18 March 1966)[1] is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. She has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh South West since May 2015,[2] and was the SNP's Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson in the House of Commons (2015 to 2021).[3][4]

On 30 July 2019, Joanna Cherry was the leading litigant in the Scottish courts in challenging the five-week prorogation of Parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a case that was ultimately successful in the Supreme Court resulting in the quashing of the prorogation on 24 September 2019.[5]

Legal challenge to Brexit

Postpone meaningful vote until the ECJ has ruled on the revocation of Article 50

A legal challenge to Brexit, brought by Joanna Cherry and a cross-party group of Scottish politicians, took place at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on 27 November 2018. The ECJ is to decide whether Britain’s parliament can unilaterally change its mind on Brexit, and hopes to make a decision on the case before Christmas 2018.[6] On 4 December 2018, she tweeted:

"A massive vindication for myself @andywightman @AlynSmith @Ross_Greer @C_Stihler_MEP @davidmartinmep & @JolyonMaugham & our fantastic legal team. We are optimistic the full court will follow this ruling #Art50 #StopBrexit #PeoplesVote".[7]

Questioning the PM

Joanna Cherry raised the case and the issue of revoking Article 50 with Theresa May in the House of Commons on 26 November 2018, prompting the Prime Minister to say that "it is not going to happen because it is not government policy".[8]

Postpone meaningful vote

On 4 December 2018, during the first of Parliament's five days debating the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the Future Framework for relations negotiated by the Government with the European Union,[9] Joanna Cherry called for the meaningful vote – scheduled for 11 December 2018 – to be postponed until the ECJ has ruled on the revocation of Article 50.[10]

Resignation from the NEC

On 31 May 2021, Joanna Cherry tweeted:

"I’ve resigned from the NEC of @theSNP. A number of factors have prevented me from fulfilling the mandate party members gave me to improve transparency & scrutiny & to uphold the party’s constitution. I won’t be making any further comment at this stage."[11] A Twitter follower responded:

"SNP NEC members are personally liable for misappropriated funds. You could lose your hoose folks! As a law officer with a legal duty, not only to be honest, but to be seen to be honest, you had no choice. All honest NEC members should follow Ms Cherry, before it's too late."[12]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:ECJ Advocate General says UK can revoke Article 50 unilaterallyArticle4 December 2018Tony ConnellyArticle 50 allows the "unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, until such time as the Withdrawal Agreement is formally concluded"


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