Scotland HC rules Boris Johnson’ move to suspend UK parliament ‘unlawful’; calls to dissolve it

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London, Sep 11: Scotland’s high court ruled on Wednesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend the UK parliament for five weeks was “unlawful” and should be dissolved.

United Kingdom (UK) Parliament was prorogued, or suspended, on Monday until October 14 – a move the opposition contended was intended to frustrate their efforts to investigate his arrangements for leaving the European Union (EU) and enable him to push through a no-deal Brexit as scheduled.

“We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately,” Scottish National Party MP Joanna Cherry, who drove the challenge, disclosed to Sky News after the decision by Scotland’s Inner Court of Session.

“You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson. The rule of law will be upheld by Scotland’s courts and I hope also the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,” Cherry said.

Johnson’s office stated the administration would make an appeal to the Supreme Court – the most noteworthy legal body in the United Kingdom. Jo Maugham, a legal advisor associated with the Scottish case, said the administration’s intrigue would start next Tuesday, according to Reuters.

“The only inference that could be drawn was that the UK Government and the Prime Minister wished to restrict Parliament,” the summary said one judge, Lord James Drummond Young, had concluded.

“The Court will accordingly make an Order declaring that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM (Her Majesty) the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”

On August 28, Johnson has announced parliament would be suspended, stating the administration sought the suspension in order to enable them to launch a fresh legislative agenda.

“The UK government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda,” a government spokesperson stated in response to Wednesday’s ruling. “Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”

 

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