Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament has been ruled as ‘unlawful’ by the Supreme Court.
The prorogation of Parliament for five weeks was put into place so that the PM could allow time for a Queen’s Speech to outline his party’s new policies.
This morning’s decision was delivered by Lady Brenda Hale, and she stated that it was wrong to Stop the Government carrying out its normal duties in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on October 31st.
She said: “The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme. The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”
Then a further statement from the Supreme Court read: “This Court has already concluded that the Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect and should be quashed. This means that when the Royal Commissioners walked into the House of Lords it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper. The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued. This is the unanimous judgment of all 11 Justices.
“It is for Parliament, and in particular the Speaker and the Lord Speaker to decide what to do next. Unless there is some Parliamentary rule of which we are unaware, they can take immediate steps to enable each House to meet as soon as possible. It is not clear to us that any step is needed from the Prime Minister, but if it is, the court is pleased that his counsel have told the court that he will take all necessary steps to comply with the terms of any declaration made by this court.”
Judgment has been handed down this morning in the case of ‘R (on behalf of Miller) v The Prime Minister’ and ‘Cherry and others v Advocate General for Scotland’ https://t.co/yo4BzgEvdE pic.twitter.com/Itok4hmKb5
— UK Supreme Court (@UKSupremeCourt) 24 September 2019
In response to the announcement, Speaker of the House of Commons stated: “I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgment that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. The judges have rejected the Government’s claim that closing down Parliament for five weeks was merely standard practice to allow for a new Queen’s Speech.”
Immediately following this morning’s announcement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Johnson to resign from his post.