Northern Irish judges say Boris Johnson's parliament suspension is lawful

Northern Irish judges say Boris Johnson's parliament suspension is lawful

BORIS JOHNSON has been given a boost this morning after judges in Northern Ireland rejected a legal challenge to his decision to suspend parliament for five weeks.

The High Court in Belfast ruled that the government's approach does not breach the Good Friday Agreement.

The written judgment said: "I consider the characterisation of the subject matter of these proceedings as inherently and unmistakably political to be beyond plausible dispute.

"Virtually all of the assembled evidence belongs to the world of politics, both national and supra-national.

"Within the world of politics the well-recognised phenomena of claim and counterclaim, assertion and counter-assertion, allegation and denial, blow and counter-blow, alteration and modification of government policy, public statements, unpublished deliberations, posturing, strategy and tactics are the very essence of what is both countenanced and permitted in a democratic society."

The decision comes just a day after Scottish judges ruled that the proroguing of parliament was unlawful, and that Mr Johnson acted illegal in order to stifle debate in the Commons.

Before today's verdict in Belfast, Mr Johnson was forced to deny that he had lied to the Queen about his reasons for requesting a suspension to government proceedings.

"Absolutely not," he told reporters on Thursday.

"The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide.

"Parliament will have time both before and after that crucial summit on October 17th and 18th to talk about the Brexit deal," he added.

Any appeals to the decision in Belfast will be heard on Friday.

The process will then end up in the Supreme Court in London for a final decision on the matter, starting next week.

If the court rules against Johnson's decision, the Prime Minister will be forced to recall parliament on Tuesday.