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Brexit in chaos after UK court rules parliament suspension unlawful

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament from Monday until Oct 14 was unlawful.

11.9.2019

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament from Monday until Oct 14 was unlawful. FMTNews

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament from Monday until Oct 14 was unlawful.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been ordered by parliament to delay Brexit until 2020. (Reuters pic)

With seven weeks until Britain is due to leave the EU, 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 that could cancel the divorce.

The government said it would appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest judicial body.

The court was shown documents that showed Johnson was considering prorogation weeks before he formally asked Queen Elizabeth to suspend the legislature.

Johnson, who was a figurehead for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, when 52% of voters backed Brexit, has rejected opposition complaints that he was denying parliament the right to debate Brexit in an undemocratic way.

In an excoriating judgment, the Scottish judges ruled the principal reason for parliament’s suspension was to stymie lawmakers and allow Johnson to pursue a no-deal Brexit policy.

The divisions in the opposition Labour Party over Brexit were on display on Wednesday, when its deputy leader, Tom Watson, said he supported pressing for a second referendum before an early national election.

Corbyn says Labour would offer the people a second referendum on a credible option to leave against remaining in the EU after an election.

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