Friday, 3 Apr 2020

PM’s suspension of parliament is unlawful, Scottish court rules

Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament is unlawful, a Scottish court has ruled.

The case was originally dismissed at the Court of Session last week, where Judge Lord Doherty said it was for politicians and not the courts to decide on shutting down the Commons and Lords for five weeks.

But three judges of the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty’s ruling today.

Mr Johnson’s government now plans to appeal against that latest ruling to the Supreme Court – the highest judicial body in the UK.

Joanna Cherry QC, an SNP MP behind the legal battle, tweeted on Wednesday: “Huge thanks to all our supporters and our fantastic legal team who have achieved the historic ruling that #prorogation is #unlawful.”

Mr Johnson has insisted he suspended parliament to follow procedure, which dictates the Commons and Lords are shut down in the run up to a new Queen’s Speech.

That marks the opening of a new parliamentary session, where the monarch reads out her government’s priorities for the year ahead.

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