BREAKING: UK Supreme Court Describes Boris Johnson Decision To Suspend Parliament For The Queen As Unlawful
The Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the decision of Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit, was unlawful, saying it was “void and of no effect.”
“The court is bound to conclude… that 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 head Brenda Hale said in the ruling.
Boris had suspended parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen’s speech to outline his new policies.
But the UK highest Court said it was wrong to stop parliament carrying out its duties.
Hale, while delivering the court’s conclusions said: “The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”
According to Hale, the unanimous decision of the 11 justices was that parliament had not been prorogued – the decision was null and of no effect – and it was for the Speakers of the Commons and Lords to decide what to do next.
Commons Speaker, John Bercow welcomed the ruling and said Parliament “must convene without delay.”
Bercow added that he would now consult party leaders “as a matter of urgency”.