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    Top UK court hearing challenge to Johnson’s Parliament break

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to decide whether United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union (EU).

    Lower courts have given contradictory rulings. England’s High Court said it was a political rather than legal matter, but Scottish court judges ruled that Johnson acted illegally to avoid democratic scrutiny.

    Johnson sent lawmakers home on September 9 until October 14, which is barely two weeks before the scheduled Brexit day of October 31.

    He said the suspension will allow his government to launch its domestic agenda with a new session of Parliament.

    Opponents said it’s designed to prevent lawmakers interfering with his plan to leave the EU next month, deal or no deal.

    The case which began yesterday could last three days.

    Protesters outside the Supreme Court in London. PHOTO: AP

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