Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. …
The PM, who has faced calls to resign, said he “profoundly disagreed” with the ruling but would “respect” it.
The court ruled it was impossible to conclude there had been any reason “let alone a good reason — to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament for five weeks”.
The judge (just for the picture):
Mr Johnson, who returns to London from New York on Wednesday, also chaired a 30-minute phone call with his cabinet. A source told the BBC that the Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said to other cabinet ministers on the call that the action by the court had amounted to a “constitutional coup“.
The prime minister insisted he wanted to outline his government’s policies in a Queen’s Speech on 14 October, and to do that, Parliament must be prorogued and a new session started. …
The court ruling does not prevent him from proroguing again in order to hold one, as long as it does not stop Parliament carrying out its duties “without reasonable justification”. …
Mr Johnson is, as is abundantly clear, prepared to run a general election campaign that pits Parliament against the people. And so what, according to that view of the world, if that includes the judges as part of the establishment standing in his way?
Reacting to the ruling, Mr Johnson said it was an “unusual judgement”, adding: “The prerogative of prorogation has been used for centuries without this kind of challenge.
“There are a lot of people who basically want to stop this country from coming out of the EU and we have a Parliament that is unable to be prorogued and doesn’t want to have an election. I think it is time we took things forward.”
The PM said getting a deal was “not made much easier with these sort of things in Parliament or the courts”, but insisted the UK would still leave on 31 October.