Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Brexit news: David Starkey issues brutal review of ‘bizarre’ Supreme Court ruling | UK | News

David Starkey insisted the speech delivered ahead of the ruling appeared closer to one given at “hustings” rather than a judicial debate. The Supreme Court on Tuesday found misled the Queen when offering advice to the monarch to secure permission for the prorogation of Parliament until mid-October in the run-up to . Speaking to LBC, Dr Starkey said: “Not only did the language of the judgment verge on the political but it wasn’t verging, it was political.

It is not for judges to rule on political truthfulness. We’ve already had a case thrown out that tried to reverse the result of the referendum on the claims of the leavers, that the £350m a week for the NHS were wrong.

“The judges said then, sensibly, sorry political tactics are political tactics. It is not for the law to intervene on.

“Similarly, if you actually listen to the interventions at the Supreme Court, particularly one of the council, it was bizarre. It wasn’t a legal speech, it was a speech at hustings.”

Dr Starkey also insisted the British Government should not have defended the decision to shut down Parliament with a “transparently false reason” as he warned the Supreme Court ruling will change “the way we are governed.”

He continued: “The Government was completely stupid to give a transparently false reason.

“I think Johnson has got much too much of a record of loose language to put it as mildly as possible and this just reinforces it.

“The fact the judges thought ‘we’ll slap them down’. That is not judicial behavior. This changes the way we are governed.

“This changes the way we do politics. This changes the way in which we thought of ourselves as the English constitution is held up for admiration.”

The Prime Minister lamented the intervention of the highest court in the land at a time of “great national controversy” due to Brexit.

Mr Johnson said that while he meant “absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary to say I thought the court was wrong” to issue a ruling on a “political question at a time of great national controversy.”

Addressing MPs in the Commons, Boris Johnson said: “The people at home know that this Parliament will keep delaying, it will keep sabotaging the negotiations because they don’t want a deal.

“The truth is that members opposite are living in a fantasy world.

“That somehow they are going to cancel the first referendum and they are going to legislate for a second referendum and Parliament will promise that this time it really, really will respect that vote.”

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