The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament for 5 weeks was unlawful.
In a unanimous verdict, the court ruled that “the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue parliament was unlawful” as the prorogation “prevented Parliament from carrying out its duties”.
The prorogation of Parliament has now been deemed null and void by all eleven judges on the Supreme Court, with the decision being that there was “no justification” for the suspension and leaving the prorogation of Parliament “unlawful, void and of no effect”.
Boris Johnson was widely criticised in August for his choice to suspend parliament for up to just a few days before the Brexit deadline—a critical time which should be spent debating the best options for getting a deal with the EU.
Many accused PM Johnson of suspending parliament for the sole reason of pushing through a No-Deal Brexit, a Brexit option which many MP’s have loudly voiced their opposition to.
Mr Johnson had to ask the Queen for the powers to prorogue parliament, an action which has now officially been condemned by the highest court in the UK.
The Supreme Court’s decision means that Parliament has not been prorogued.
Calls for Boris Johnson’s resignation have already begun.
More to follow.