Brexit in chaos after court rules PM's suspension of parliament was unlawful

Scottish court rules suspension of Parliament unlawful, but doesn't order it overturned

"This is a valid ruling today by the court", Paul Sweeney, one of the politicians who had put their name to the legal challenge, told Al Jazeera.

The ruling added that all three First Division judges decided that the PM's advice to the British monarch was motivated by the improper goal of stymying Parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful.

The Government would nearly certainly have to advise the Queen to recall Parliament immediately in such an instance.

However, the judges said they will not issue that order until Britain's Supreme Court makes a final ruling on the matter.

The government immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the supreme court next Tuesday, and parliament will stay shut in the meantime.

The British government said it was disappointed by the decision and confirmed it would appeal to the Supreme Court.

"The U.K. government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this", said the spokesperson.

The action was brought before the court by a cross-party group of around 70 parliamentarians, who appealed against Lord Doherty's ruling.

"Although Johnson claimed he was shutting down Parliament for five weeks to work on his legislative agenda", NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from London, "most political observers think he was trying to sideline legislators so they couldn't blockhis plan to crash the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement".

A panel of three judges at the Court of Session has ruled in favour of a cross-party group of 75 politicians led by the SNP's Joanna Cherry, and concluded that the suspension was motivated by a desire to "stymy parliament".


He said if that turned out to be true, the prime minister would have to "resign - and very swiftly".

In essence, the court said Johnson intentionally misled the monarch, an official ruling that was the first in British history.

The decision goes against an earlier ruling by the court, with Judge Lord Doherty dismissing the case last week.

The monarch has the power to recall Parliament through a proclamation - which the Prime Minister would be expected to advise her to do if the prorogation was ruled to be unlawful by the Supreme Court.

"It's absolutely essential to our constitution that the relationship between the prime minister and the Queen is one of utmost confidentiality and the utmost good faith - essential!", Mr.

Reacting to the news at the TUC congress this morning, Starmer said: "This is really important".

The former Tory Justice Secretary David Gauke told BBC Radio 4: "I do think proroguing Parliament was a mistake".

The court later agreed to release the documents to the media.

"I have never been able to contemplate the possibility that the law could be that our sovereign Parliament might be treated as an inconvenience by the prime minister", he said.

Labour's Shadow Attorney General said: "This ruling shows that, despite what Boris Johnson has spent his privileged life thinking, he is not above the law".

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