Brexit in chaos after court rules PM's suspension of parliament was unlawful

Boris Johnson

But the Court of Session judges said Britain's Supreme Court must make the final decision at a hearing next week.

Johnson described accusations that he was being anti-democratic as "a load of nonsense" after he suspended parliament until October 14.

Tommy Sheppard, Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) MP at Westminster, said: "The buck stops with Boris Johnson".

After three years of Brexit crisis, British politics is in turmoil, with the prime minister blocked by parliament and an election or even a second referendum on the cards.

But the BBC's assistant political editor, Norman Smith, said it was quite likely that Mr Johnson would recall Parliament before a Supreme Court ruling on the case next week - and perhaps as early as today or tomorrow.

The decision overturned last week's ruling that courts did not have the power to interfere with political matters such as the proroguing of Parliament.

However, the ruling will not lead to the immediate reopening of parliament, despite demands from Labour, Scottish Nationalist Party and others, because it did not order the cancellation of the prorogation.

Opponents argued that the real reason was to shut down debate and challenges to his Brexit plans. He added, "It was to be inferred that the principal reasons for the prorogation were to prevent or impede Parliament holding the executive to account and legislating with regard to Brexit, and to allow the executive to pursue a policy of a no-deal Brexit without further parliamentary interference".

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The Scottish judges said "the only inference that could be drawn was that the United Kingdom government and the prime minister wished to restrict Parliament".

It is now unclear what impact the judgement will have on the current five week suspension of Parliament, a process known as proroguing, which started in the early hours of Tuesday.

"(We) will appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

Johnson has pledged to carry out Brexit with or without a deal defining the terms of the split, and said that when the suspension of parliament is over there would be enough time for lawmakers to approve any new divorce agreement he is able to reach with the European Union.

Away from the political arena, Catherine Haddon, a senior fellow at the Institute for Government, said that while the ruling found that Johnson's advice to the Queen on prorogation was unlawful, it does not now change the prorogation itself. "Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this", said a statement by 10 Downing Street.

'We still have every chance of getting an orderly (Brexit) and the German government will do everything it can to make that possible - right up to the last day.

"I think it's disappointing that the courts are trying to interfere in the way the country is run", he said. "Mr Johnson acted in bad faith".

Three judges at Scotland's highest court have ruled that the prorogation of parliament on Monday night was unconstitutional - contradicting judges in London - but made no decision to immediately reverse the suspension.

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