LONDON — A Scottish court ruled on Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks during the ongoing Brexit crisis was unlawful — suggesting that he may have misled Queen Elizabeth II when he asked her to sign off on the suspension. Lawmakers will have to wait until Tuesday for a U.K. Supreme Court ruling to find out definitively if the suspension is deemed illegal — but the judges’ intervention marks another remarkable assault on the prime minister’s authority as he desperately tries to fulfil his promise of making Brexit happen on 31 Oct. Johnson says that he suspended— or in Westminster jargon “prorogued” — Parliament from Tuesday morning until mid-October so he could forge ahead with a new legislative agenda. But the Court of Session, the highest civil court in Scotland, ruled the move was unlawful because Johnson wanted to “prevent or impede Parliament holding the executive to account and legislating with regard to Brexit, and to allow the executive to pursue a policy of a no deal Brexit without further Parliamentary interference.” Brexit is at the heart of all this: Johnson says he would be willing to take the U.K. out of the… Read full this story
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