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PM’s suspension of parliament is unlawful, Scottish court rules

Boris Johnson’s resolution to droop parliament is illegal, a Scottish court has dominated.

The case was initially dismissed on the Court of Session final week, the place Judge Lord Doherty stated it was for politicians and never the courts to determine on shutting down the Commons and Lords for 5 weeks.

But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling right now.

A abstract handed down stated: “This was an egregious case of a clear failure to comply with generally accepted standards of behaviour of public authorities.”

It added the “principal reasons for the prorogation were to prevent or impede parliament holding the executive to account and legislating with regard to Brexit, and to allow the executive to pursue a policy of a no-deal Brexit without further Parliamentary interference”.

Mr Johnson’s authorities now plans to enchantment towards that newest ruling to the Supreme Court – the best judicial physique within the UK.

Joanna Cherry QC, an SNP MP behind the authorized battle, tweeted on Wednesday: “Huge thanks to all our supporters and our fantastic legal team who have achieved the historic ruling that #prorogation is #unlawful.”

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Mr Johnson has insisted he suspended parliament to comply with process, which dictates the Commons and Lords are shut down within the run as much as a brand new Queen’s Speech.

That marks the opening of a brand new parliamentary session, the place the monarch reads out her authorities’s priorities for the yr forward.

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