UK Supreme Court rules Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 27, 2019,
Sep 27, 2019, 0:37
On Tuesday, September 24, the court ruled that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he advised the Queen to suspend parliament.
He was due to address parliament later on Wednesday over the ruling, while insisting that he would still not accept MPs' demands to ask Brussels for an extension to the October 31 Brexit deadline, according to his Downing Street office, setting him on another collision course with lawmakers.
In raucous and bad-tempered debate on Wednesday, Mr Johnson characterised an opposition law ordering a Brexit delay as a "surrender act" and a "humiliation bill" and brushed off concerns that his language might endanger legislators as "humbug".
"In reaching their conclusion, they have vindicated the right and duty of parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinize the executive and hold ministers to account". He added that Johnson should "become the shortest-serving prime minister there's ever been".
The Supreme Court ruling comes after a series of defeats in parliament for Johnson, the most damaging of which was the law created to avoid a "no deal" Brexit.
Before the prorogation, a cross-party rebel alliance of lawmakers managed to force through a law aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit by requiring Johnson to ask for a three-month extension if he has not been able to strike a deal by October 19.
However those that introduced authorized challenges argue the prorogation is created to forestall parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit.
Parliament was "gridlocked, paralysed and refusing to deliver on the priorities of the people", he said.
Mr Chalmers said: "We have never experienced anything like this before - certainly not in our lifetimes".
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She said the unanimous decision of the 11 justices meant that Parliament had not been prorogued - the decision was null and of no effect - and it was for the Speakers of the Commons and Lords to decide what to do next.
Many MPs have called for the PM to resign as a result of the supreme court ruling.
In the meantime, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar warned the United Kingdom that it must table written proposals to solve the Irish border issue within the next week in order to clinch a deal at the European Union summit on 17-18 October.
She added, "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 without reasonable justification".
He accused MPs of "sabotaging" Brexit and threw down the gauntlet to the opposition parties, challenging them to table a vote of no-confidence or agree to a general election and face "a day of reckoning with the voters".
Johnson was quickly facing calls from opposition politicians for his resignation.
He has lied to the queen, and could there be a greater offense of the prime minister than that?
"Will they now call a general election when they refused one only a few weeks ago?"