UK government loses High Court challenge against Covid inquiry

06/07/2023 | The Guardian

The High Court in London has ordered the UK government to provide an unredacted collection of documents, including Boris Johnson's WhatsApp messages, notebooks, and diaries, to the Covid inquiry after losing its legal challenge. The Cabinet Office has confirmed it will comply with the ruling requiring it to hand over the documents by the 4pm, Monday 10 July deadline. However, the government remains concerned the ruling could set a precedent for further demands of important documents and messages held by serving ministers. In their ruling, Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Garnham described the inquiry's terms of reference as "very wide," and the judges recommended that the inquiry team be allowed to "fish" for documents with an "informed but speculative request."

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