Scottish court rules closing United Kingdom was illegal

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

Former Conservative attorney general Dominic Grieve said Boris Johnson should resign if it the UK Supreme Court confirms the ruling that he "misled the queen about the reasons for suspending Parliament".

Sources in No 10 were reported as having suggested that the MPs and peers who brought the legal challenge "chose the Scottish courts for a reason".

In a nother upcoming case, a legal action addressed at Boris Johnson personally seeks to empower the Inner House to write to the European Union requestion an Article 50 extension on the prime minister's behalf. The case has now been referred to the UK Supreme Court where it will be heard next week.

The contentious prorogation before October 14 took place in the wee hours of Tuesday after criticism from House of Commons speaker John Bercow, amongst others.

"This ruling today has enormous constitutional significance".

"I think that what I need to do, and what others need to do, is to get back to parliament and open those doors and get back in, and get Boris Johnson back in parliament so we can hold him properly to account".

The suspension of parliament was sought in a "clandestine" manner and the "true reason" for the prorogation was to reduce the time available for scrutiny of Brexit, a senior Scottish judge said.

Judge Lord Carloway told the Edinburgh court: "We are of the opinion that the advice given by the Government to her majesty the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful and that the prorogation itself was unlawful".

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Boris Johnson was then forced to deny that he lied to the Queen in order to secure the suspension of parliament.

In another major development Wednesday night, the government refused to publish details of internal discussions about the suspension, or prorogation of the House of Commons despite Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to force the release.

It took leading judges nearly a week to return their reasons for rejecting the case brought by businesswoman Gina Miller about the prorogation of parliament.

"The lower court had said the actions of the executive were "non-justiciable" - meaning they were not to be examined by judges".

Len McCluskey, the head of Unite, which is Labour's largest corporate donor, told Sky News that if Johnson goes to Scotland he could be subjected to a citizen's arrest.

The court is likely to make a ruling later in the week. "My advice to the prime minister is don't go up to Scotland, you're liable to face a citizen's arrest, so he'd best keep in his bunker somewhere in either Eton or Westminster".

Parliament last week passed a law requiring Johnson to seek an extension to the October 31 deadline for Britain's exit, essentially taking no-deal off the table. "But in the end we have to respect the law". As of Monday, that is now law.

A legal challenge that argued the government's Brexit strategy would damage the Northern Ireland peace process was dismissed on Thursday. "I shouldn't have to say this to the prime minister - accept that parliament has spoken, accept you have no mandate for no deal, and be clear that you will follow the law", he said.

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