Downing Street refuses to say if it will back Heathrow expansion if protesters win court challenge

Will Government keep supporting third runway at Heathrow? Downing Street refuses to say whether it will still back expansion plans if protesters win court challenge

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is personally against the Heathrow airport scheme While London mayor he promised to ‘lie down… in front of those bulldozers’ Court of Appeal will give its ruling on legal challenge to Government’s support for Heathrow expansion on Thursday

Downing Street refused to say yesterday whether it would back Heathrow’s bid to build a third runway if protesters win a key court case today.

Boris Johnson is personally against the scheme and when he was London mayor he promised to ‘lie down… in front of those bulldozers’ to stop the runway being built. 

Today the Court of Appeal will give its ruling on a legal challenge to the Government’s support for Heathrow expansion.

But Downing Street refused to say whether the Government would support an appeal if the protesters win their case.

Today the Court of Appeal will give its ruling on a legal challenge to the Government’s support for Heathrow expansion (file image)

The PM’s official spokesman said: ‘Parliament has voted in principle to support a third runway at Heathrow, but it is a private sector project.

‘In order to proceed Heathrow must demonstrate it can meet its air quality and noise obligations [and] that the project can be financed and built.’

Earlier Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, warned that failing to expand the west London airport would ‘give control to the French’. 



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