Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

Brexit news: Verhofstadt takes aim at Boris Johnson over Supreme Court ruling | UK | News


Moments after the decision was announced, Mr Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister, said the decision was a “big relief in the Brexit saga”. The outraged European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator said: “I never want to hear Boris Johnson or any other Brexiteer say again that the European Union in undemocratic. “At least one big relief in the Brexit saga: the rule of law in the UK is alive and kicking. Parliament should never be silenced in a real democracy.”

Members of the European Parliament revelled in the Supreme Court ruling after weeks of criticising the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue.

Philippe Lamberts, a member of the EU Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, said: “The decision confirms what we already about Boris Johnson, that he will spare no tricks to get what he wants.

“He is an ample opportunist. But, I look at Jeremy Corbyn and I see a lot of opportunism there as well.”

European Parliament president David Sassoli said: “Important decision from the UK Supreme Court to rule probation of Parliament as unlawful.

“Any Brexit agreement needs to be approved by both the UK and EU Parliament, so proper democratic scrutiny on both sides of the Channel is essential.”

The decision sparked fears across EU capitals that warring MPs would now add more confusion to Brexit and risk dragging the process further.

An EU diplomat said: “This doesn’t matter. Seeing as Brexit was always about the sovereignty of Parliament it has always bewildered us that the Government wanted to suspend it.

“Let’s be honest the UK has not been able to settle this question with or without Parliament. Does that change now?

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“So Boris Johnson only has two real options: resign and fight election on clear no deal stance or make deal, capitulating in negotiations. Former looks more likely but unlikely to bring resolution.”

Norbert Rottgen, the chairman of the German parliament’s influential foreign affairs committee, welcomed the news.

He said: “It is not my place to comment on judicial proceedings in Britain.

“But as a fellow MP I do feel the need to express my joy and solidarity with British parliamentarians.”

Commons Speaker John Bercow announced Parliament would reconvene tomorrow morning after the decision.

Mr Johnson will fly back from New York after giving his speech at the United Nations general assembly meeting.

The Speaker said he would allow urgent questions but there would be no Prime Minister’s Questions, which are usually help on Wednesdays.



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