UK Supreme Court rules suspension of Parliament was illegal

LONDON (AP) – In a major blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s highest court ruled yesterday that his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the crucial countdown to the country’s Brexit deadline was illegal.

The unanimous, strongly worded Supreme Court judgement declared the order to suspend Parliament “void and of no effect.” The court found that Johnson acted to limit debate on Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (EU) in violation of Parliament’s constitutional role.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow welcomed the historic verdict and said Parliament would resume its business today. He said citizens are “entitled” to have Parliament perform its core constitutional duties. There will not be a Prime Minister Questions session in Parliament today because Johnson is in New York for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The landmark decision immediately prompted calls for Johnson to quit.

He has not yet commented on the ruling but had said earlier that he would comply with the court’s decision.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with German Chancelor Angela Merkel (2R) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. PHOTO: AFP