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UK Supreme Court hears cases that PM Johnson's parliament suspension was illegal

By Michael Holden

 

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FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a meeting with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel in Luxembourg, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government will seek to persuade Britain's top court this week that his decision to suspend parliament until shortly before the date for Brexit was not illegal as Scottish judges concluded last week.

 

Johnson announced on Aug. 28 that he had asked Queen Elizabeth to prorogue, or suspend, parliament for five weeks from last week until Oct. 14, saying the shutdown was necessary to allow him to introduce a new legislative agenda.

 

Opponents said the real reason was to prevent scrutiny and challenges by parliament where he now has no majority to his Brexit plans, especially his promise to leave the European Union by Oct. 31 even if no divorce deal has been agreed.

 

In a damning judgement, Scotland's highest court ruled last Wednesday that the suspension was unlawful and was an "egregious" attempt to stymie parliament.

 

However, a week earlier the High Court of England and Wales rejected a similar case, saying the matter was political and not one for judicial interference.

 

Both cases are now going before the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the United Kingdom, and its 11 judges will give a final ruling on whether Johnson's advice to the queen was illegal.

 

Supporters of the legal challenges, a mixture of anti-Brexit campaigners and opposition lawmakers, want parliament to be immediately recalled if the court backs them. Critics also say that if judges decide Johnson misled the monarch, then he must resign.

 

Johnson said the current session of parliament was longer than any since the English Civil war in the 17th century, adding that lawmakers would have plenty of time to again discuss Brexit after an EU summit on Oct. 17-18.

 

When asked on Friday if he had misled Elizabeth, Johnson said "Absolutely not". "Indeed, as I say, the High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide," he added.

 

The Conservative government say opponents of Brexit are using the courts to try to frustrate Britain's departure from the bloc which was backed by Britons in a 2016 referendum.

 

The Supreme Court ruled against the government in a similar constitutional case in 2017 when it said ministers could not begin the formal two-year exit process without the approval of parliament.

 

That case was led by investment manager Gina Miller, who is one of those taking on the government in the current legal battle along with former Conservative Prime Minister John Major.

 

The Supreme Court hearings will run until Thursday, with the verdict not expected until Friday at the earliest.

 

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

 

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How on earth can anyone pass judgement in this case other than one based on pure speculation?

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Where is Cromwell today , He is badly need ed to March into parliament and tell all the MP to  go forth and Multiply.

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43 minutes ago, Thongkorn said:

Where is Cromwell today , He is badly need ed to March into parliament and tell all the MP to  go forth and Multiply.

With Cromwell not available any more, we could send the TV brexiteer warriors in.

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14 hours ago, Araiwah said:

They've done nothing for 3 years and now they're complaining that he wants to close parliament for FOUR extra days. You honestly couldn't make this up. 

Cummings needs these 4 days to come up with a cunning plan to make the UK the land of milk and honey again.

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Cummings needs these 4 days to come up with a cunning plan to make the UK the land of milk and honey again.

He’s probably got one, or more. Hope he sticks it into the Remainers properly with the next plan, and that it’s too late for them to do anything about it.
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2 hours ago, oldhippy said:

Cummings needs these 4 days to come up with a cunning plan to make the UK the land of milk and honey again.

Poor Dominic, not going well for the "Cunning" plotter right now. A King Midas in reverse story, everything he touches turns to cow dung. 

I look forward to his next daft plan with amused anticipation, with any luck Boris will end up in prison as a result. 

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It appears that some of the judges hearing the arguments are the same bunch who advised the queen to give Johnson the go ahead to close parliament.

What do you think he outcome will be?

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