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The prorogation of Parliament was ‘lawful’ and anyone contesting this process was ‘motivated by political considerations,’ leaked documents from the Attorney General’s office to Sky News show.
The broadcaster has received leaked sections of documentation from the AG’s office which show that the legal advice given to the government to suspend the Parliament, had been legal and ‘within the constitution.’
‘Any accusations of unlawfulness or constitutional outrage were motivated by political considerations. The proposal was compatible with the provisions of the NIEFF 2019,’ the section continues.
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court finds that the legal advice provided by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox was wrong and thus the closing of Parliament was unlawful.
Watch: Suspension of UK Parliament was unlawful; reactions pour in
The United Kingdom’s highest Court pronounced it unlawful to stop Parliament from carrying out its duties.
The court’s president, Lady Hale, said: “The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”
The unanimous decision was reached by all 11 justices. This decision may be considered as another slap in the face for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who a few days ago, warned the Supreme Court justices “not to meddle in politics”. The ruling of the Court means that therefore, the House of Commons “must convene without delay”.
Lady Hale stated that “it was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.”
The decision was also said to have be “null, void and of no effect”.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court erupted into cheers following the ruling.
On 10th September, the British Parliament was officially suspended for five weeks, with MPs not due back until 14th October.
Many are now questioning whether Boris Johnson should resign from his post as Prime Minister of Britain. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford says Boris Johnson should resign “immediately”.
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said the decision by the Supreme Court confirms that Boris Johnson “isn’t fit to be Prime Minister”.
“He’s misled Queen and country, and unlawfully silenced the people’s representatives,” she tweeted.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says the suspension of parliament “is the worst political decision ever”.
PM should ‘consider his position’ and resign – Corbyn
The UK Labour and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on the Prime Minister to ‘consider his position’ following the Supreme Court’s ruling that the recent proroguing of Parliament was ‘unlawful’
Corbyn made the statement at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton only hours after Lady Hale gave the court’s judgment.
The Opposition leader suggested that Mr Johnson resign from his role thus becoming the, ‘shortest-serving Prime Minister there’s ever been’
Meanwhile in New York, the Prime Minister said that he ‘strongly disagrees’ with the court’s decision but that the government would abide by its ruling.