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UK NewsParliament suspension ruled unlawful amid calls for Boris Johnson to resign

18:30  11 september  2019
18:30  11 september  2019 Source:   theweek.co.uk

Boris Johnson berated live on Facebook over 'unlawful' prorogation advice given to Queen

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".

Boris Johnson ’s suspension of parliament has been ruled as unlawful by judges at the Court of He called our current situation a “white knuckle constitutional rollercoaster ride”. Dominic Grieve says Boris Johnson must resign if he is found to have misled the Queen about suspending parliament .

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

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The suspension of Parliament has been ruled unlawful by Scotland’s highest civil court.

MPs were sent home in the early hours of Tuesday morning after Boris Johnson decided to prorogue Parliament until 14 October, the longest such shutdown since the Second World War. The prime minister has been accused of trying to use prorogation to ensure MPs cannot prevent him from pushing through a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

Today, a cross-party group of more than 70 MPs and peers led by the Scottish National Party’s Joanna Cherry successfully challenged the move at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

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.

Scottish appeal court judges have declared Boris Johnson ’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful . The British government will appeal at the UK supreme court against the latest decision, which also contradicts a decision in Johnson ’s favour by

A legal bid to challenge the suspension of parliament has succeeded at the highest appeal court in Opposition MPs who brought the case today are now calling for the immediate recall of Parliament . "We've uncovered more and more evidence that this was a plot by Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees

Henry Hill of ConservativeHome describes the ruling as “another step towards a looming constitutional showdown between the political and judicial elements of our Constitution”.

Here is what the verdict means and what might happen next:

What did the Court of Session find?

The three-judge panel found that Johnson was motivated by the “improper purpose of stymieing Parliament” and had effectively misled the Queen in advising her to agree to the prorogation.

The judges added: “The Court will accordingly make an order declaring that the prime minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”

What does this mean for Brexit?

The stage “is now set for a showdown in the Supreme Court next Tuesday”, after the High Court in London also rejected a similar case, reports The Times. Last week, Judge Lord Doherty said Johnson had not broken the law and that it was for MPs and the public to judge his actions, not the courts.

Boris Johnson 'unlawfully' prorogued parliament - what does it mean and what happens next?

Boris Johnson 'unlawfully' prorogued parliament - what does it mean and what happens next? This is what might happen next now that the highest court in Scotland has ruled the prorogation of parliament by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to be "unlawful".

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 Supreme Court. Scottish MP Joanna Cherry, pictured with lawyer Jo Maugham called the ruling 'historic' and 'fantastic'.

Boris Johnson ’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful , Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled . A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister's move. The decision overturns an earlier ruling

Clearly, the Court of Session disagreed.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg tweets that while “Scots law is different to English law”, the judgment today puts “massive pressure” on the UK Supreme Court to choose which side to take next week.

A spokesperson for Johnson today confirmed to The Telegraph that the prorogation will continue.

But many MPs are calling for Parliament to be reconvened immediately. Scottish MP Cherry said outside the court: “We feel utterly vindicated and I would be confident that the UK Supreme Court will uphold this decision.”

She was backed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said the ruling was of “enormous constitutional significance”.

Meanwhile, Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, tweeted a photograph of himself sitting in an empty House of Commons.

Quietly and peacefully I have gone back to sit in my usual spot in the House of Commons. No shouting or scuffles - just a quiet statement about our democracy. Boris Johnson%u2019s prorogation of Parliament is unlawful. MPs should be here debating the national crisis. #recallparliament pic.twitter.com/nEFMIad5vr

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.

A Scottish court has ruled that Boris Johnson 's controversial decision to shut down parliament was unlawful . Johnson suspended , or prorogued, parliament on Monday, claiming that the longest parliamentary session ever should be brought to a close so that his government could introduce a

PM battles to keep Brexit plan on track after Amber Rudd quit the government on Saturday.

— Luke Pollard MP (@LukePollard) September 11, 2019

Will Boris Johnson be forced to resign?

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve, who was sacked from the Tory party last week, says that Johnson’s position would be “untenable” if he is found to have misled the Queen over prorogation. “I hope it would be untenable not just because of the opposition, because every member of the Conservative that believes in our constitution would simply say, ‘it’s over’,” Grieve said.

Labour peer Andrew Adonis echoed that opinion, saying: “If it is clear that the actual advice given to the Queen was incorrect and a fabrication then I see no alternative now but for Boris Johnson to resign.”

What has the Government said?

Johnson previously claimed that the move to prorogue parliament was normal practice, and dismissed claims that it was undemocratic as “nonsense”.

A Downing Street spokesperson today said that the Government was “disappointed” by the Scottish ruling, adding: “The UK government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”

An inside source later suggested that the Scottish judges might not be impartial - a claim that prompted an immediate backlash. The Downing Street source told The Sun: “We note that last week the High Court in London did not rule that prorogation was unlawful. The legal activists choose the Scottish courts for a reason.”

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard was among those to hit back at the comments, saying it was “dictatorial and dangerous for the prime minister or his office to be questioning the integrity and independence of the Scottish courts just because he doesn’t like what they’ve ruled”.

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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.

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