Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK Supreme Court to rule on Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament

UK Supreme Court to rule on Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament

David Pannick, a lawyer representing one of Johnson's challengers in the court case, said that this showed the prime minister had failed to understand parliamentary sovereignty. Bercow said in his Thursday speech that it was "astonishing" that anyone entertained the idea of Johnson disobeying the law [prorogation of the parliament], as such a move "would be the most awful example to set to the rest of society".

Britain and the European Union have moved a lot in the seven weeks that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in office and the two sides can still agree a deal to secure Brexit by October 31, junior Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Friday.

At the end of three days of hearings, Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said the case was not about when and how Britain would leave the European Union but only about the lawfulness of Johnson's advice to the queen.

Britain's statement came after Finland's prime minister said the United Kingdom needed to submit its proposals by the end of September, or "it's all over".

The challengers are being backed by John Major, who was Britain's prime minister between 1990 and 1997 - and, like Johnson, is a Conservative.

He added: "I think there are ways to get through this that satisfies even the Brexit Party, but the reality is, it is about being sovereign".

Johnson maintains it was right and proper to terminate the last session of Parliament, which rose last week, in order to pave the way for a Queen's Speech on October 14, in which his new government will outline its legislative plans for the year ahead.

Major questioned why Johnson would not explain his motivations in writing.

In a reference to Johnson, he told 11 of the most senior judges in Britain: "Rather than allowing lies to triumph, listen to the angels of your better nature and rule that this prorogation is unlawful and an abuse of power which has been entrusted to the government".

Government lawyer Richard Keen said the prime minister's opponents were "inviting the courts into forbidden territory and into what is essentially a minefield".

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The case has drawn intense interest, with millions watching the Supreme Court's livestream as lawyers cited case law and precedent stretching back to the 17th century.

"The result of this case will not determine that", she said.

Britain's high court says it will issue its ruling next week.

Lawyers for Miller and joint campaigners challenging the suspension told the Supreme Court there was "strong evidence" the British prime minister saw parliamentarians "as an obstacle" and wanted to "silence" them.

The government could also start the new session of Parliament - now scheduled to begin October 14 - earlier than planned.

Leo Varadkar said, "I'm going to meet him now next week in New Tork, and we'll try to get a deal".

"I will wait to see what transpires", he said.

Johnson has not said what he will do if the judges rule the suspension illegal.

And, the UK Government warned it would not be bound by an "artificial deadline", after Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne said If no proposals are received by the end of September, then it's over.

Britain's envoy to Canada says her government wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit departure from the European Union, and its presentation of documents to Brussels on Thursday was a step towards a last-ditch agreement.

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