Brexit blocking MPs handed boost after a Scottish court says Boris was UNLAWFUL to shutdown Parliament

Brexit blocking MPs handed boost after a Scottish court says Boris was UNLAWFUL to shutdown Parliament

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BREXIT blockers have been handed a boost after a Scottish court said Boris was UNLAWFUL to shutdown Parliament.

Top judges found in favour of an appeal against the PM and the case will go to the Supreme Court next week.

Brexit blockers have been handed a boost after a Scottish court says Boris was unlawful to shutdown Parliament
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BORIS BLOW

However, no measure is being made to cancel the suspension of Parliament, the Court of Session in Edinburgh heard today.

All three of the judges in Scotland’s highest appeal court ruled the shutdown was “unlawful”, it has been reported.

An official summary of today’s ruling read: “The Court will accordingly make an Order declaring that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”

The original case was brought by a cross-party group of 70 MPs and anti-Brexit activists fighting to reverse the PM’s decision to stop MPs sitting for more than a month.

A spokesman for No10 said today: “We are disappointed by today’s decision, and will appeal to the UK supreme court.

“The UK government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”

SUPREME CHALLENGE

Last week it looked like Boris had seen off the legal challenge after top judge Lord Doherty ruled the prorogation was lawful.

Now the case will be taken to Britain’s highest court.

A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court in London has said “should any parties choose to appeal to the UK Supreme Court following the prorogation appeal hearings in the lower courts”, the court has set aside September 17 “as a date to hear such an appeal”.

Today’s ruling goes against that of the High Court last week which rejected the case of desperate Lawyer Gina Miller and ex-PM John Major.


Miller’s legal team told the High Court that the PM’s decision to stop MPs sitting for five weeks was an “exceptional” length of time and “unlawful abuse of power”.

But after hearing submissions on Thursday, Lord Justice Burnett ruled this morning that this was not the case.

Rejecting Mrs Miller’s argument, he said: “We have concluded that, whilst we should grant permission to apply for judicial review, the claim must be dismissed.”

The PM previously warned the case could cause “catastrophic damage” to politics if it succeeded in stopping Brexit.


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