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Scottish court rules Johnson's suspension unlawful

A legal bid to challenge the suspension of UK parliament has succeeded at the appeal court in Edinburgh, with judges ruling it 'unlawful'

11.9.2019

A legal bid to challenge the suspension of UK parliament has succeeded at the appeal court in Edinburgh, with judges ruling it 'unlawful'

Scotland 's highest court of appeal has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks is unlawful.

A group of around 70 parliamentarians had appealed against a ruling by a judge at the court that Boris Johnson's prorogation of parliament is lawful. Judge Lord Doherty originally dismissed a challenge against the suspension - which went ahead in the early hours of Tuesday - at the Court of Session last Wednesday, saying it is for politicians and not the courts to decide. But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty's ruling. Mr Johnson's advice to Queen Elizabeth that parliament be prorogued until 14 October "was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying parliament", a summary of the judgment said. "Huge thanks to all our supporters & our fantastic legal team who have achieved the historic ruling that #prorogation is#unlawful," Scottish National Party MPr Joanna Cherry said on Twitter. She called for parliament to be recalled immediately. Jolyon Maugham, a lawyer involved in the case, said an appeal to the Supreme Court would begin on Tuesday Read More: UK parliament suspended for five weeks amid angry scenes Latest Brexit stories He tweeted: "We have won. Appeal begins in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "We believe that the effect of the decision is that Parliament is no longer prorogued. "I have never been able to contemplate the possibility that the law could be that our sovereign Parliament might be treated as an inconvenience by the Prime Minister. "I am pleased that Scotland's highest court agrees. But ultimately, as has always been the case, it's the final arbiter's decision that matters. "We will convene again in the Supreme Court next week." Liberal Democrats MP Luciana Berger tweeted: "As one of the Petitioners to this case, this is such an important ruling - although how awful that it's had to come to this. " SNP Westminiter leader Ian Blackford tweeted: "This is great news, congratulations to you and all involved". This is great news, congratulations to you and all involved. This battle has further to run but my message to @BorisJohnson is you are playing fast and loose with the law. You have acted in an anti democratic manner and need to respond by recalling Parliament. https://t.co/EApHnB3fhQ — Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) September 11, 2019 Read more: RTÉ News

Boris Johnson's decision to suspend UK parliament in run-up to Brexit 'unlawful', Scottish court rules - Independent.ieA legal bid to challenge the suspension of parliament has succeeded at the appeal court in Edinburgh, with judges ruling Boris Johnson's prorogation of parliament was 'unlawful'.

Boris Johnson's suspension of UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland's highest civil court rulesBREAKING: Scotland 's highest civil court has ruled that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful

'Lay the proud usurpers low' MPs sing after prorogationA group of British MPs protested the suspension of Parliament by holding up signs reading 'silenced' and filling the House of Commons with Scottish and Welsh songs.

UK parliament suspended from close of business todayThe month-long suspension of the British parliament ordered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an apparent bid to stop MPs blocking his Brexit strategy, will begin at close of business today.

UK parliament due to be suspended later todayThe month-long suspension of the British parliament ordered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an apparent bid to stop MPs blocking his Brexit strategy, will begin at close of business today.

House of Commons - MPs debating ahead of suspensionFollow the latest developments as MPs to vote for a second time on a general election before Prime Minister Boris Johnson's planned suspension of parliament this evening.



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