Johnson denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

Alastair Donald, associate director of the Academy of Ideas, believes the court case against Johnson's prorogation shows that pro-EU MPs who are upset at the prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc are desperate to thwart the "democratic decision" of the British people.

Donald is also a contributor for BrexitCentral, an organization that is "unapologetically optimistic" about a post-Brexit Britain.

Appeal judges in Scotland have sensationally overturned a ruling on Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament and have now found the move is unlawful.

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was meant to stymie lawmakers, prompting Johnson's opponents to accuse him of lying to the queen as to the reasons for the suspension.

The judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh concluded the prorogation was "improper" and "unlawful" and had been done with "the goal of stymying Parliament" and therefore was "null and of no effect".

Johnson should be anxious about the ruling, but also the British society at large, Donald insisted, because the "democratic process is being ripped up in front of our eyes." .

Boris Johnson with the Queen in Buckingham Palace on the day he officially became prime minister at the end of July.

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He added: "The High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide". The Labour Party has demanded that Johnson recalls the parliament "immediately".

Think your friends would be interested? The controversy will come to a head next week at the UK's Supreme Court in London.

The current five week suspension of Parliament, a process known as proroguing, started in the early hours of Tuesday.

Jolyon Maugham QC, the anti-Brexit barrister who was second petitioner in the case, said the Supreme Court would hear the case next week.

"Mr Johnson doesn't have a majority, the Speaker is very concerned about the circumstances of the prorogation, his concerns have been vindicated by this ruling and therefore Parliament should return and we should be able to get on with our jobs representing our constituents".

In another major development Wednesday night, the government refused to publish details of internal discussions about the suspension, or prorogation of the House of Commons despite Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to force the release.

We believe that the effect of the decision is that Parliament is no longer prorogued.

"If his political strategy is correct, then the legal intricacies of the case matter less than the perception that the establishment is trying to stop him from securing Brexit", the analysis said.

"The U.K. government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda".

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, commenting after reports that a Downing Street source had suggested the Scottish judges were "politically biased", said: "Our judges are renowned around the world for their excellence and impartiality and I have total confidence in their independence in every case".

Mr Lammy wants both Mr Johnson and his advisor Dominic Cummings to leave. "Central", he told the BBC.

"Indeed my view would be that it would be the moment for Mr. Johnson to resign and very swiftly".

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