Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

Brexit news: Was Supreme Court right to rule the Government’s prorogation was unlawful? | Politics | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been dealt a blow after 11 judges said requesting the Queen to shut down the Commons for five weeks ahead of the Brexit deadline had an “extreme” effect on democracy. In an extraordinary ruling, Court President Lady Hale said: “Parliament has not been prorogued.”

The ruling is a bitter humiliation for the Prime Minister, who was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly when the verdict was announced.

The Tory leader said he “strongly disagrees” with the Supreme Court decision but Parliament “will come back”.

Speaking from the American city, Mr Johnson said: “Obviously this is a verdict that we will respect and we respect the judicial process.

“I have to say that I strongly disagree with what the justices have found. I don’t think that it’s right but we will go ahead and of course parliament will come back.” is asking you, our readers, was the Supreme Court right to rule the Government’s prorogation was unlawful?

In light of the judgement, Speaker John Bercow said the Commons will resume on Wednesday morning.

He said: “The citizens of the UK are entitled to expect that Parliament does discharge its core functions, that it is in a position to scrutinise the executive, to hold ministers to account and to legislate if it chooses.”

It comes after a panel of 11 justices at the Supreme Court in London ruled unanimously that the Prime Minister’s advice to the Queen to suspend Parliament until October 14 was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating Parliament.

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His call was echoed by the SNP leader at Westminster Ian Blackford, who declared: “We must be back in Parliament immediately.

“We want to get back to work. On the back of this, Boris Johnson must resign.”

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson added: “The court have found what we all knew all along, Boris Johnson has again proven he is not fit to be Prime Minister.

“This shutdown was an unlawful act designed to stop Parliament doing its job and holding the Government to account.”

But defiant Mr Johnson gave no indication he would shift on his position.

He said: “It is perfectly usual to have a Queen’s Speech. That is what we want to do. But more importantly let’s be in no doubt there are a lot of people who want to frustrate Brexit.

“There are a lot of people who want to stop this country coming out of the EU.”

“Parliament has been debating Brexit for three years solidly. Now is the chance for us to get a deal, come out of the EU on October 31 and that is what we are going to do.”

Mr Johnson laid into MPs, adding: “We have a parliament that is unable to be prorogued, doesn’t want to have an election and I think it is time we took things forward.

“As the law currently stands the uk leaves the Eu on October 31st come what may but the exciting thing for us now is to get a good deal.”


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