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Scotland’s top appeal court rules UK parliament suspension unlawful

Scotland’s top appeal court rules UK parliament suspension unlawful

Mubasher: Scotland’s highest appeal court declared on Wednesday UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to prorogue the parliament as unlawful, ordering that it should be annulled.

The House of Commons was suspended on Monday until 14 October, which was regarded by Johnson’s opponents as aiming to hamper their attempt to scrutinise his Brexit plans, and allowing him to pursue a no-deal departure from the European Union (EU).

In the summary of the verdict by Scotland’s Inner Court of Session, three Scottish judges concluded that the prorogation was unlawful “because it had the purpose of stymying parliament.”

“The Court will accordingly make an Order declaring that the Prime Minister’s advice to HM [Her Majesty] the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect,” the summary said.

“We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately,” Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who was the lead applicant in the case, told Sky News.

“The rule of law will be upheld by Scotland’s courts and I hope also the Supreme Court of the UK,” Cherry said.

In response, Johnson’s office said that Downing Street would file an appeal before the Supreme Court, the UK’s top judicial body, which is due to start next Tuesday.

“The UK Government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda [and] proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this,” a government spokesman said.