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Britain’s top court rules Johnson’s suspension of parliament unlawful

Britain's Supreme Court says Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament is unlawful.

London, 24 September 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Britain’s Supreme Court says Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament is unlawful.

Johnson’s advice to Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue, or suspend, parliament “was unlawful, void and has no effect,” says Brenda Hale, president of the Supreme Court, adding that its 11 judges were unanimous in their decision.

“This was not a normal prorogation,” Hale says. “It prevented parliament from carrying out its normal role.”

Johnson said he wanted to clear the way for a new government work programme in a new session of parliament. Opponents accused him of seeking to limit scrutiny of his plans for Britain to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, on October 31.

The British parliament’s elected house, the Commons, will resume sitting on Wednesday after a Supreme Court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension was unlawful, Speaker John Bercow says.

Bercow tells reporters outside the court that he has contacted senior members of all parties to prepare for a parliamentary session that will be able to debate emergency motions and and urgent questions.

It is not a recall of parliament because it was not lawfully suspended, he says, adding that the session will not include the weekly prime minister’s questions, which are normally held on Wednesdays.

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