Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament is unlawful, a Scottish court rules

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

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.

The ruling paper said "all three judges have decided that the PM's advice to the HM the Queen is justiciable, that it was motivated by the improper objective of stymying Parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful".

Mr Johnson insisted he took the measure to suspend Parliament in order to create a solid legislatory programme covering domestic issues such as crime, education and healthcare in the run up to the Queen's speech.

In an emailed statement, the prime minister's office said, "we are disappointed by today's decision, and will appeal to the UK Supreme Court".

"Huge thanks to all our supporters & our fantastic legal team who have achieved the historic ruling that #prorogation is #unlawful", Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who led the challenge, said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Lawyers representing Mr Johnson said Ms Miller's claim was "academic" and urged the court to reject it.

MPs leading the appeal said outside the court that this should be celebrated as a victory for those wanting to show Mr Johnson that he could not just do whatever he wanted.

A decision on the appeal is expected on Wednesday morning at the Inner House of the court.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament in the UK.

Giving the High Court's decision last Friday, Lord Burnett said: "We have concluded that, whilst we should grant permission to apply for judicial review, the claim must be dismissed".

"We will convene again in the Supreme Court next week".

He tweeted: "We believe that the effect of the decision is that Parliament is no longer prorogued".

"I am pleased that Scotland's highest court agrees".

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford tweeted: "This is great news, congratulations to you and all involved". "You have acted in an anti democratic manner and need to respond by recalling Parliament".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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