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Boris Johnson will not resign despite court blow

Boris Johnson will not resign despite court blow
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media during a meeting.- AFP

London - Johnson also renewed his call for an early election to end the stand-off with parliament.



By AFP

Published: Tue 24 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 25 Sep 2019, 12:57 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with his plans for Brexit on October 31 despite a momentous Supreme Court ruling that found his decision to suspend parliament unlawful.
The ruling is a huge blow to Johnson's authority, coming after a series of defeats in parliament that have curbed his plans to leave the European Union even if there is no divorce deal with Brussels.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, immediately announced that MPs would reconvene today. The Conservative leader, who is currently in New York, told British media he "strongly disagreed" with the decision but said he would respect it.
Johnson also renewed his call for an early election to end the stand-off with parliament.
He said it was "the obvious thing to do".
Johnson had argued that shutting down parliament until October 14 was a routine move to allow his new government to set out a new legislative programme.
But critics accused him of trying to silence MPs.


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