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UK NewsHigh Court to give reasons for rejecting legal challenge against Johnson

12:55  11 september  2019
12:55  11 september  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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High Court judges will give their reasons for rejecting a legal challenge over Prime Minister Boris Johnson 's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks. Leading judges last week rejected the case brought by businesswoman Gina Miller, who previously fought a successful legal action against the

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High Court judges will give their reasons for rejecting a legal challenge over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks.

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Leading judges last week rejected the case brought by businesswoman Gina Miller, who previously fought a successful legal action against the Government over the triggering of the Article 50 process to start the Brexit countdown.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton and President of the Queen's Bench Division Dame Victoria Sharp will give written reasons for their ruling at a brief hearing in London on Wednesday.

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decision to prorogue parliament for five weeks is legal , the High Court in London has ruled. In a judgement handed down by three of the most senior judges in England and Wales, Johnson was found to have acted lawfully in the advice he gave to the queen to suspend parliament from next week.

What other legal challenges is the government facing? Image copyright Getty Images. Image caption Anti -Brexit campaigner Gina Miller is challenging the On Thursday, the High Court in England will consider a judicial review request from Gina Miller, the businesswoman who successfully challenged

Ms Miller's case is one of three legal challenges against Mr Johnson's controversial decision to prorogue Parliament, which are expected to be heard together by the UK's highest court next week.

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The Supreme Court in London is due to hear an appeal by Ms Miller on September 17, and it is expected that separate legal challenges brought in Edinburgh and Belfast will be heard at the same time.

Giving the High Court's decision last Friday, Lord Burnett said: "We have concluded that, whilst we should grant permission to apply for judicial review, the claim must be dismissed."

Ms Miller's barrister, Lord Pannick QC, had argued that Mr Johnson's advice to the Queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks was an "unlawful abuse of power".

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The High Court in London has dismissed a legal challenge against Boris Johnson 's planned suspension of parliament. "We are therefore pleased that the judges have given us permission to appeal to the Supreme Court - which we will be doing. "My legal team and I will not give up the fight

Miller previously launched a successful legal challenge against the government over Brexit, resulting in Parliament being given a vote over whether to trigger Article 50. Earlier this week a Scottish court also ruled that Johnson ’s decision to prorogue parliament is legal . With the High Court ’s ruling today

Her case was backed by former prime minister Sir John Major and shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti.

Lawyers representing Mr Johnson said Ms Miller's claim was "academic" and urged the court to reject it.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the ruling, Ms Miller said she was "very disappointed with the judgment".

"To give up now would be a dereliction of our responsibility. We need to protect our institutions," she said.

"It is not right that they should be shut down or bullied, especially at this most momentous time in history.

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"My legal team and I will not give up our fight for democracy."

The court will deliver its judgment at noon on Wednesday.

Meanwhile. a decision on a Scottish court challenge to the prorogation of Parliament is due to take place on Wednesday.

A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against a ruling by a judge at Scotland's highest civil court that Mr Johnson's suspension of Parliament is lawful.

Judge Lord Doherty dismissed a challenge against the planned prorogation at the Court of Session last Wednesday, saying it is for politicians and not the courts to decide.

A decision on the appeal is expected on Wednesday morning at the Inner House of the court.

Gina Miller arrives for second day of Supreme Court Brexit hearing flanked by bodyguards and police.
The anti-Brexit figurehead, who believes Boris Johnson has abused his power, was again cheered by her supporters as she entered Britain's highest court. Mr Johnson's lawyers will today defend his controversial decision to shut down the Commons until October 14 at the Supreme Court in London. He yesterday warned Britain's 11 most senior judges not to intervene in his decision to suspend Parliament, as Government lawyers admitted he could do it again if they find against him.

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