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Court rules UK parliament suspension illegal

Court rules UK parliament suspension illegal
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures.- Reuters

London - With seven weeks until Britain is due to leave the EU, the government and parliament are locked in conflict over the future of Brexit.



By Reuters

Published: Wed 11 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 12 Sep 2019, 12:34 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of the British parliament was unlawful, a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliament battle over the future of Brexit.
Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled that Johnson's decision to prorogue, or suspend, parliament from Monday until October 14 was unlawful - a blow for the government as it seeks to leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.
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.
"We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately," said Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who led the challenge, after Scotland's Court of Session ruled the prorogation should be annulled. "You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson."
The government will appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court, and an official said Johnson believed parliament remained suspended pending a decision by that court.


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