Monday 16 September 2019

Boris Johnson's plan to suspend UK parliament is lawful, rules Scottish court

Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend the UK parliament was approved by the queen. Photo: Reuters
Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend the UK parliament was approved by the queen. Photo: Reuters
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament later this month until mid-October is lawful, a Scottish court ruled today.

More than 75 politicians had legally challenged Johnson's right to suspend, or prorogue parliament, arguing it was illegal and unconstitutional because he was seeking to do so in order to force through a no-deal Brexit on October 31 by limiting the opportunity for opponents to object.

Judge Raymond Doherty said the question was not a matter for the courts and was a political issue.

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Reuters

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