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Boris Johnson's lawyers to defend controversial five-week Parliament shutdown as Supreme Court fight enters second day

Boris Johnson is as we speak set to defend his controversial resolution to shut down Parliament for 5 weeks as a courtroom battle at the UK’s highest courtroom enters its second day.

Lawyers representing the Prime Minister will argue that his prorogation recommendation to the Queen was lawful and that, in any occasion, the courtroom can not intrude in political issues.

The Supreme Court in London is listening to historic appeals from two separate challenges introduced in England and Scotland to the prorogation of Parliament.

Mr Johnson says the five-week suspension is to enable the Government to set out a brand new legislative agenda in a Queen’s Speech when MPs return to Parliament on October 14.

Lord Richard Keen is listening to appeals in opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resolution to prorogue Parliament (REUTERS)

But those that introduced authorized challenges in opposition to the Prime Minister’s resolution argue the prorogation is designed to stop parliamentary scrutiny of the UK’s impending exit from the EU on October 31.

The courtroom, which is sitting as a panel of 11 justices for less than the second time in its 10-year historical past, should reconcile contradictory judgments issued by the English and Scottish courts.

The High Court in London dismissed the case introduced by businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller, discovering that the size of the prorogation was “purely political”.

Campaigner Gina Miller leaves the Supreme Court on Tuesday (REUTERS)

But the Inner House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh dominated that Mr Johnson’s resolution was illegal as a result of “it was motivated by the improper purpose of stymying Parliament”.

On the primary day of the listening to yesterday, Mrs Miller’s barrister Lord Pannick QC argued that Mr Johnson’s motive for an “exceptionally long” prorogation was to “silence” Parliament, and that his resolution was an “unlawful abuse of power”.

Lord Keen says Boris Johnson will abide by the courtroom’s ruling

A cross-party group of round 75 MPs and friends, led by SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC, was liable for the Scottish problem and the enchantment in opposition to the Court of Session’s resolution is being introduced by the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen QC, on behalf of the Westminster Government.

Lord Keen submitted that the courts “must not cross the boundaries and intrude upon the business of Parliament”, and confirmed Mr Johnson will adjust to the Supreme Court’s ruling if it finds his resolution was illegal.

 judges are listening to authorized challenges to Boris Johnson’s resolution to shut down Parliament (PA)

Sir James Eadie QC, representing Mr Johnson, will as we speak argue that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to rule on the lawfulness of the size of prorogation, adopted by submissions from Aidan O’Neill QC for Ms Cherry.

Victims’ campaigner Raymond McCord – who introduced separate proceedings in Belfast, arguing {that a} no-deal Brexit would injury the Northern Ireland peace course of – has additionally been given permission to intervene within the Supreme Court case, and his lawyers will tackle the courtroom on Thursday.

Mrs Miller’s problem is supported by former prime minister Sir John Major, shadow lawyer basic Baroness Chakrabarti and the Scottish and Welsh governments, who’re all interveners within the Supreme Court case and also will be heard on Thursday.

Mr Johnson suggested the Queen on August 28 to prorogue Parliament for 5 weeks and it was suspended on September 9.

It just isn’t clear when the Supreme Court judges will give a ruling.

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