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PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth over the suspension of parliament



Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with year four and year six pupils during a visit to Pimlico Primary school in London, Britain, September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool


LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied lying to Queen Elizabeth over the reasons for suspending parliament for five weeks after a court ruled his decision to do so was unlawful.


Parliament was prorogued - suspended - on Monday until Oct. 14, a move opposition lawmakers argued was designed to thwart their attempts to scrutinise his plans for leaving the European Union and to allow him to push through a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31.


Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was intended to stymie lawmakers, prompting Johnson’s opponents to accuse him of lying to the queen as to the reasons for the suspension.


Johnson said on Thursday those claims were “absolutely not” true.


With seven weeks to go, the government and parliament are locked in conflict over the future of Brexit, with possible outcomes ranging from leaving without a deal to another referendum.


Johnson said the government is waiting to hear an appeal next week against the Scottish court ruling by the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest judicial body, and he respected the independence of the judges.


“I’m not going to quarrel or criticise the judges,” he told reporters. “It’s very important that we respect the independence of the judiciary. They are learned people.”


He said he was hopeful the government would reach a divorce deal with the EU next month.


“I’ve been around the European capitals talking to our friends - I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you could do it,” he said. “It will be hard, but I think we can get there.”



-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-09-12

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Unless Boris has the Epstein tapes I would say he's sunk in every conceivable direction🤔 

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An off topic troll post along with multiple replies and further replies to those have been removed.

Stick to the topic under discussion.

Thoughts on Brexit itself and if it is good or bad, comparisons to hurricanes paths in America are absolutely not relevant.

Comments regarding others perceptions on Brexit and their intelligence are not relevant.

Multiple posting holidays on offer for anyone who can't understand that.

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