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UK NewsBrexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful

14:30  11 september  2019
14:30  11 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Scottish court rules Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament. U.K.'s top court will have the final say.

Scottish court rules Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament. U.K.'s top court will have the final say. A Scottish appeals court, the Court of Sessions, ruled Thursday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson violated Britain's constitution when he prorogued, or suspended, Parliament until Oct. 14. The three-judge panel, led by Lord Carloway, Scotland's senior-most judge, overturns a lower court ruling that courts can't interfere with political decision by the prime minister. But the appellate court did not immediately overturn Johnson's order, allowing the U.K. Supreme Court to make the final decision in an emergency session called for Sept. 17. It did, however, inject more chaos into an already madcap Brexit fight.

Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful , Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled . The decision overturns an earlier ruling from the court , which said last week Mr Johnson had not broken the law. But it will not immediately affect the current suspension of Parliament , which

The five-week suspension of Parliament will begin later, after MPs are expected to again reject However, Lord Sumption, a former judge of the UK's Supreme Court , said such a ploy would not be Parliament to be suspended amid Brexit crisis . A month-long suspension of the UK parliament

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful © Reuters/REUTERS TV Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks ahead of the vote on whether to hold an early election, in Parliament in London

By Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament was unlawful, deepening the uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union.

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful © Reuters/RUSSELL CHEYNE Member of Parliament, Joanna Cherry, speaks at the Scottish National Party conference in Glasgow

Johnson's government said it would appeal the court ruling on the suspension, which has been criticised by opposition lawmakers as undemocratic, suggesting the prime minister would stick to his Brexit plan and keep parliament shut.

Queen dragged into 'unlawful' shutdown of Parliament as Boris Johnson resists demands to recall MPs

Queen dragged into 'unlawful' shutdown of Parliament as Boris Johnson resists demands to recall MPs Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, called on MPs to return to Westminster so they can 'open those doors' and hold PM to account

Court backs MPs who said suspension of parliament breached constitution. Scottish appeal court judges have declared Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful .

Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament is unlawful , a Scottish court has ruled . Mr Johnson has insisted he suspended parliament to follow procedure, which dictates the But critics have accused him of hiding from scrutiny over Brexit and disempowering MPs at a time of national crisis .

With only seven weeks until Britain is due to quit the EU, the future of Brexit is as unclear as ever, with the possible outcomes ranging from the world's fifth largest economy leaving without a deal to the 2016 referendum being overturned.

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Britain's Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson speaks on Brexit at an event in London

"We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately," Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry told Sky News after the verdict by Scotland's Inner Court of Session.

A government spokesman expressed disappointment at the decision.

"(We) will appeal to the UK Supreme Court. The UK government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this."

Boris Johnson's Prorogation Of Parliament Was 'Unlawful', Rule Scottish Judges

Boris Johnson's Prorogation Of Parliament Was 'Unlawful', Rule Scottish Judges Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was “unlawful”, judges at the appeal court in Edinburgh have ruled. The prime minister is now facing demands he recall the Commons. A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against an earlier ruling by a judge at the court that Johnson’s suspension of parliament was lawful. SNP Joanna Cherry said the Commons must now be “recalled immediately”. Following today’s ruling, she said Johnson’s shutting down of parliament early was a “plot” to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit. Labour MP David Lammy said: “Let’s unlock the doors tomorrow.

An Edinburgh court decided that prorogation was unlawful because the Prime Minister's intention had been to 'stymy' scrutiny from MPs. Boris Johnson suffered another setback today as Scottish judges ruled his suspension of Parliament is unlawful . The case is expected to be appealed further at the

Parliament has officially been suspended for five weeks, with MPs not due back until 14 October. Parliament 's suspension means MPs will not get another chance to vote for an early election until they return, meaning a poll would not be possible until November at the earliest.

Johnson, who was a figurehead for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum when 52 percent of voters backed Brexit, has said he needs to suspend, or prorogue, parliament to kick off his Conservative agenda. He rejects opposition complaints that he is denying parliament the right to debate Brexit.

But his hardline strategy for Britain to quit the bloc "do or die" on Oct. 31 has hit the buffers.

Parliament has already passed a law to force him to seek an extension if no deal is in place, he kicked out more than 20 of his own lawmakers from his governing Conservatives for rebelling against him, and even his own brother quit over Brexit.

Brexit crisis deepens, court rules parliament suspension unlawful © Reuters/AXEL SCHMIDT Budget debate in the Bundestag in Berlin

Johnson has ruled out asking the EU for an extension.

LABOUR SPLITS

The 2016 Brexit referendum showed a United Kingdom divided about much more than the EU, and has given rise to soul-searching about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and modern Britishness.

Adding to Brexit chaos, Scottish court rules parliament suspension ‘unlawful’

Adding to Brexit chaos, Scottish court rules parliament suspension ‘unlawful’ A Scottish court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the executive and legislative battle over the future of Brexit. Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Johnson's decision to prorogue, or suspend, parliament from Monday until Oct. 14 was unlawful – a blow for the government as it seeks to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without a deal.

A legal challenge over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament has been rejected, High Court judges have ruled . The case was brought by businesswoman Gina Miller, who argued the move was "an unlawful abuse of power". Rejecting Ms Miller's case, Lord Justice Burnett

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK parliament has been judged to be “ unlawful ” at an appeal court in Edinburgh, Scotland.

It has also triggered civil war inside both of Britain’s main political parties as dozens of lawmakers put what they see as the United Kingdom's fate above that of party loyalty.

The divisions in Britain's opposition Labour Party over Brexit were also on display on Wednesday, when its deputy leader, Tom Watson, said he supported pressing for a second referendum before an early national election.

"So let's deal with Brexit, in a referendum, where every person can have their say, and then come together and fight an election on Labour's positive social agenda on our own terms, not on Boris Johnson's Brexit 'do or die'," he said in a speech in London.

His argument, which puts him at odds with leader Jeremy Corbyn, is that an election might fail in solving the deadlock over Brexit. Corbyn says Labour would offer the people a second referendum on a credible option to leave against remaining in the EU.

A Labour source was unmoved by Watson's argument: "Tom's ever shifting views on Brexit are well known and don't really impact our party's debate."

Johnson says he wants to agree an exit deal with the bloc at an EU summit on Oct. 17.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday a divorce agreement could still be reached although Berlin was prepared for a disruptive no-deal Brexit in case that did not happen.

"We still have every chance of getting an orderly (Brexit) and the German government will do everything it can to make that possible - right up to the last day. But I also say we are prepared for a disorderly Brexit," Merkel told parliament.

"But the fact remains that after the withdrawal of Britain, we have an economic competitor at our door, even if we want to keep close economic, foreign and security cooperation and friendly relations," Merkel added.

(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper, William James and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Boris Johnson berated live on Facebook over 'unlawful' prorogation advice given to Queen.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was berated live on Facebook on Wednesday evening by people angry with him after a Scottish court said the advice Mr. Johnson provided to the Queen over the decision to prorogue parliament was "unlawful".

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