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Parliament’s suspension ‘unlawful’ – says UK Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful.

Earlier this month, Mr. Johnson suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks, but the court said it was wrong to stop MPs carrying out duties ahead of  Brexit on October 31.

Referring to the PM’s move, Supreme Court president Lady Hale described it as having an “extreme” effect on the fundamentals of democracy.

She added: “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.

Mr. Johnson’s office said it was “currently processing the verdict”.

But the speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow welcomed the judgment, saying Parliament “must convene without delay”. He added that he would now consult party leaders “as a matter of urgency”.

PM Johnson had argued that he wanted to carry out the prorogation ahead of a Speech by the Queen so he could outline his government’s new policies.

But critics said he was trying to stimey parliament, to stop it scrutinising his Brexit plans.

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