Supreme Court Rules Against PM Johnson

In News 2019-09-24 11:28:11
Supreme Court Rules Against PM Johnson
Supreme Court Rules Against PM Johnson

United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was “unlawful”.

 

Mr Johnson earlier in September announced the long suspension of Parliament from September 11th to October 14th.

 

The court has said the suspension had hindered parliament from carrying out its duties in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October.

 

The Supreme Court's president, Lady Hale, while delivering her judgment said: "The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme."

 

"The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification”, she added.

 

According to the BBC, the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament had not been prorogued and the decision was null and void.

 

House speaker, John Bercow reacting to the judgment, welcomed the ruling and said Parliament "must convene without delay". He added that party leaders will be consulted urgently and that parliament will resume on Wednesday.

 

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s office has responded saying it was "currently processing the verdict".