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

23:30  11 september  2019
23:30  11 september  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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.

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Boris Johnson is resisting growing demands to recall Parliament after an explosive ruling by Scotland’s top court that he had broken the law and misled the Queen by shutting down the Commons for five weeks.

The constitutional crisis facing the Prime Minister intensified when the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that the lengthy suspension was an “improper” attempt to prevent MPs from discussing Brexit.

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Mr Johnson said he asked permission from the Queen to prorogue Parliament in preparation to set out his new legislative programme on 14 October and insisted the move was unconnected to Brexit. But the Scottish court unanimously ruled that the prorogation “was motivated by the improper purpose of stymying parliament”.

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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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It added that the advice given by ministers to the Queen which led to the suspension was therefore “unlawful and is thus null and of no effect”.

Boris Johnson has suspended Parliament (Photo: PA)

Suspension ruled 'unlawful'

Its ruling was at odds with the High Court in England which said that the shutdown was not illegal even if it was motivated by the desire for “political advantage”. The controversy will come to a head next week at the UK’s Supreme Court in London.

Following the Scottish ruling, opposition parties called for the controversial prorogation to be reversed.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, called on MPs to return to Westminster so they can “open those doors” and hold Mr Johnson to account.

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

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Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said: “We’ve got a court saying the advice that went to the Queen was unlawful. That is extraordinary.”

She challenged the Prime Minister to “end that illegality by immediately recalling Parliament”.

A group of cross party MPs call for parliament to be returned (Photo: Getty)

Successful legal challenge

Downing Street made clear that he had no intention of reversing the Commons prorogation at this stage - but would recall Parliament if the Supreme Court ruling went against the government.

Judge Lord Carloway told the Edinburgh court: “We are of the opinion that the advice given by the Government to her majesty the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful and that the prorogation itself was unlawful.”

The successful legal challenge had been brought by a group of 78 parliamentarians led by the SNP MP Joanna Cherry.

“The court agreed it is unlawful to suspend the UK Parliament for the specific purpose of preventing Parliament from scrutinising the Brexit process and holding this shambolic Tory Government's extreme Brexit plans to account,” she said.

Prorogation Unlawful: 'The advice given by the government to Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue parliament was unlawful'

Prorogation Unlawful: 'The advice given by the government to Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue parliament was unlawful' Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, has said the advice given by the British government to Queen Elizabeth II concerning the prorogation of parliament was "unlawful".

“Boris Johnson cannot be allowed to break the law with impunity.”

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Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s leader in Westminster, said there would be a “strong case” for impeaching Mr Johnson - a penalty last used against an MP 213 years ago - if the Supreme Court rules that he acted unlawfully.

The former Tory Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC Radio 4: “I do think proroguing Parliament was a mistake. I do think it was wrong to do so, at this current time Parliament should have remained sitting throughout September and October. But in the end we have to respect the law."

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The UK Government plans to appeal against the latest ruling to the Supreme Court.

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