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Supreme Court: Suspending UK’s Parliament was Unlawful

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LONDON: THE decision by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament was unlawful, according to a ruling of the Supreme Court.

Earlier this month Johnson suspended or prorogued Parliament for five weeks.

The court said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties in the run-up to Brexit on October 31.

Supreme Court president Lady Hale said, “The effect on the fundamentals of democracy was extreme” and Downing Street said it was “currently processing the verdict.”

Johnson had argued he wanted to carry out the prorogation ahead of a Queen’s Speech so he could outline the new policies of his government.

His critics said he was trying to stop MPs from scrutinising his Brexit plans.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the ruling showed the Prime Minister’s “contempt for democracy.”

He added, “I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position.”

A number of MPs have now called on Johnson to resign as Prime Minister.

 

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