Tuesday 17 September 2019

Challenge over decision to prorogue UK parliament fails to win over leading judges


Gina Miller
Gina Miller

Cathy Gordon

A legal challenge brought over UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks has been rejected by leading judges.

They announced their decision yesterday at the High Court in London.

The three judges dismissed a claim brought against Mr Johnson by businesswoman Gina Miller.

Rejecting Ms Miller's case, Lord Justice Burnett said: "We have concluded that, whilst we should grant permission to apply for judicial review, the claim must be dismissed."

Ms Miller's QC had argued that Mr Johnson's advice to Queen Elizabeth on August 28 to suspend parliament for five weeks was an "unlawful abuse of power".

The urgent judicial review application brought by Ms Miller - who successfully challenged the government at the High Court in 2016 over the triggering of the Article 50 process to start the Brexit countdown - was supported by a number of other parties, including former prime minister John Major.

The action was contested by the UK prime minister, whose lawyers argued that the advice given to the Queen was not unlawful and that Ms Miller's claim was in any event "academic".

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the ruling, Ms Miller said she was "very disappointed with the judgment".

Irish Independent

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