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British Supreme Court rules Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended parliament illegally

2019-09-24

The British Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament was not only unlawful, but entirely ineffective.

“The decision to advise her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions,” Baroness Brenda Hale, president of the court, said on behalf of the 11 judges that presided over the case.

“The Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued.”

Hale while announcing the unanimous ruling on Tuesday said it would be up to the speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords to “take immediate steps to enable each House to meet” and discuss the matter as soon as possible.

Eleven judges or justices were selected to decide whether Johnson acted lawfully in suspending parliament – a process known as “prorogation” – after legal challenges were brought by the opposition party.

They argued the government’s aim was to stymie the parliamentary debate surrounding Brexit and Johnson’s goal for taking Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31.

With News Wire Services