British SC rules decision to suspend parliament unlawful

British SC rules decision to suspend parliament unlawful

British SC rules decision to suspend parliament unlawful

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's opponents have called on him to resign following Tuesday's explosive verdict of the UK Supreme Court that his suspension of Parliament was illegal.

The opposition warns a no-deal Brexit would be highly disruptive for Britain's economy and have said Johnson should first delay Brexit before an election is held.

"This Parliament must either stand aside and let this Government get Brexit done or bring a vote of confidence and finally face the day of reckoning with the voters".

Remainer MPs are at loggerheads about how to force the Prime Minister to delay Brexit into the new year.

September 17: A three-day hearing on both cases begins at the Supreme Court, with 11 justices presiding.

This was followed by immediate calls from House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to reconvene Parliament on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Labour conference in Brighton, Corbyn added that Johnson must "obey the law, take no deal off the table and have an election to elect a government that respects democracy that respects the rule of law and brings power back to the people, not usurps it".

Miller had appealed against the English High Court's decision that the prorogation was "purely political" and not a matter for the courts, while the government was appealing against the ruling by Scotland's Court of Session that the prorogation was "unlawful" and had been used to "stymie" Parliament. Before the suspension of the United Kingdom parliament, MPs were able to pass a law that forces the United Kingdom government to ask for an extension if there is no deal in place before the October 31 deadline. He has not ruled out suspending Parliament again, although that would probably be challenged in court.

Having lost his majority and a series of parliamentary votes on Brexit, Johnson had suspended the House of Commons for five weeks.

He said that Johnson "should have done the honourable thing and resigned".

However, Johnson has only been in office since July and is likely to resist such calls.

But Johnson repeated his criticisms of the court ruling and accused MPs of "surrender", "sabotage", and "betrayal".

His lawyer Lord Garnier QC said the former prime minister is of the view the "inference was inescapable" that Mr Johnson's decision was "motivated by his political interest in ensuring that there was no activity in Parliament during the period leading up to the EU Council summit on October 17 and 18".

Johnson characterized an opposition bill mandating a Brexit extension as a "surrender bill", and brushed off concerns that his language might endanger legislators as "humbug".

"Any normal Prime Minister would - as a matter of honour - tender their resignation after such a unanimous verdict from the UK's highest court", he tweeted.

Johnson has said he is aiming to reach a deal with Brussels ahead of October 31 but is ready to take Britain out of the European Union without a deal if necessary. The court found Johnson acted to limit debate on Brexit in violation of Parliament's constitutional role.

However, he says he believes an agreement is still possible before a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on October 17-18, in time to leave on October 31.

"The court is bound to conclude. that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue was unlawful", Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said.

"Will they now call a general election when they refused one only a few weeks ago?"

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