Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful

UK - Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. Mr Johnson suspended - or prorogued - Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen's Speech to outline his new policies. But the court said it was wrong to stop Parliament carrying out its duties in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October. Downing Street said it was "currently processing the verdict".

This is legal, constitutional and political dynamite. It is worth just taking a breath and considering that a prime minister of the United Kingdom has been found by the highest court in the land to have acted unlawfully in shutting down the sovereign body in our constitution, Parliament, at a time of national crisis. And the court has quashed both his advice to the Queen and the Order in Council which officially suspended parliament. That means Parliament was never prorogued and so we assume that MPs are free to re-enter the Commons.

This is the most dramatic example yet of independent judges through the mechanism of judicial review stopping the government in its tracks because what it has done, is unlawful. Unprecedented, extraordinary, ground breaking - it is difficult to overestimate the constitutional and political significance of today's ruling.

Our comment

The duty of Parliament is to carry out the will of the People. The people voted to leave Europe and Parliament was refusing to comply – hence the Prime Minister prorogued Parliament because it wasn’t carrying out its duties. The judges disagreed!

Watch events here - this will not help the Brexit situation.

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