The British Supreme Court has ruled that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful. The top court in the UK also overturned the English High Court’s verdict, which had refused to detect any illegality in Johnson’s action.
Lady Hale, who’s currently the President of the Supreme Court, said, “The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.” She added that ‘no justification’ had been put before the court i9n defence of the British PM’s decision.
“The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,” BBC quoted Lady Hale as saying.
Boris Johnson had suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen’s Speech to outline his new policies.
Today’s development has cast serious question on Johnson’s future as the prime minister. Johnson’s office said that it was currently going through the verdict.
What today’s verdict means is that Britain’s top most court has found the country’s prime minister to be acting unlawfully in shutting down the parliament. The Supreme Court has quashed both his advice to the Queen and the Order in Council which officially suspended parliament.
This also means that the parliament was never suspended and MPs can enter the House of Commons any time they wish to do so.