News World UK Supreme Court rules PM Johnson acted unlawfully by suspending parliament

UK Supreme Court rules PM Johnson acted unlawfully by suspending parliament

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had acted unlawfully when he advised Queen Elizabeth to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit – and that therefore the suspension was void.

The ruling paves the way for legislators to return to parliament, where Johnson has no majority. It could give lawmakers, most of whom are opposed to leaving without the EU without a divorce agreement as he has threatened to do, further opportunity to impede his strategy.

“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,” Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said.

“Parliament has not been prorogued. This is the unanimous judgment of all 11 justices,” she added. “It is for parliament, and in particular the speaker and the (House of) Lords speaker, to decide what to do next.”

Parliament was suspended, or prorogued in the British jargon, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 14. The prorogation was approved by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s politically neutral head of state, on the advice of the prime minister.

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgment that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful,” said the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

“As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay. To this end, I will now consult the party leaders as a matter of urgency.”

Some lawmakers, including those thrown out of Johnson’s Conservative Party for rebelling against his Brexit plans, had said he should resign if he was found to have misled the queen.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

FM says ready for repatriation to begin immediately

  Cyprus is ready to repatriate those who belong to the new categories allowed to return following a decision of cabinet announced by President Nicos...

Cyprus to carry out wider Covid-19 testing in all districts

Cyprus is stepping up tests for coronavirus as part of efforts to gain a better picture of contagion in the community. This was announced by...

Cyprus eases repatriation criteria

President Nicos Anastasiades announced a gradual relaxation in repatriation restrictions to allow more categories of Cypriots and permanent residents abroad to gradually return home...

Anastasiades extends Cyprus lockdown to end April

Cyprus will remain in lockdown until the end of April as efforts continue to contain the coronavirus pandemic, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday. In...

Man dies in Paphos car accident

A 78 year old man named as Iezekiel Papaioannou from Panayia died in a car accident on Wednesday around 1 pm on a Paphos...

Taste

Stuffed vine leaves without meat

(Dolmadakia gialantzi) Rinse the leaves and boil in salted water for approximately 10 minutes until soft. Drain and place in some cold water with ice...

Snails with tomato sauce

When the snails are ready, drain them. Fry the onions in the oil and once slightly brown, add the tomatoes. Stir until cooked well...

Sea bream with capers

Clean the sea bream well, add salt and pepper to them and brush them with olive oil. Mix the capers and parsley together as...

Halloumi bread

Sift the flour with the salt into a bowl and mix in the yeast and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre of...