UK Supreme Court Rules Boris Johnson's Suspension Of Parliament Unlawful
On Tuesday, the U.K. Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson with its ruling that his suspension of Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline was unlawful, according to The Hill.
The unanimous decision found Johnson to be acting outside the bounds of his office’s power and concluded the suspension to be “unlawful, void and of no effect.”
The move was unlawful “because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,”Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said, adding that as a result of the ruling, Parliament is still technically in session.
Johnson had suspended the session due to the Parliament’s “so-far successful efforts to block a ‘no-deal Brexit,’ or a departure from the European Union without a formal trading agreement and provisions to ensure free passage in and out of the U.K., particularly on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland,” The Hill reported.
The deadline is currently set for October 31.
In response to the court’s decision, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Johnson’s actions show his “contempt” for democracy and the rule of law.
The ruling also drew many calls for the prime minister’s resignation.