Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament “unlawful”

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Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The Court explained that Johnson suspended Parliament for five weeks in order to frustrate Parliament and efforts to scrutinise his actions to push the country towards a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

Supreme Court president Lady Hale said “the effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme” and all eleven Supreme Court Justices ruled to protect the British constitution where Parliament is sovereign and can is designed to hold the executive to account.

Lady Hale said that as the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, the suspension was “unlawful, void, and of no effect”. As a result, Speaker John Bercow announced parliament would resume tomorrow at 11:30am.

Boris Johnson now faces calls to resign from across the political spectrum, and the betting markets now showing the PM as odds-on to be gone by the end of the year.

Johnson is currently in New York for the UN general assembly (UNGA) and Downing Street said it was “currently processing the verdict”.

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