Court: UK par­lia­ment sus­pen­sion un­law­ful A

Op­po­si­tion de­mands Boris re­verse move and re­call law­mak­ers to par­lia­ment

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Scot­tish court dealt an­other blow to Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son’s Brexit plans yes­ter­day, rul­ing that his de­ci­sion to sus­pend Par­lia­ment less than two months be­fore the UK is due to leave the Euro­pean Union was an un­law­ful at­tempt to avoid democratic scru­tiny.

The govern­ment im­me­di­ately said it would ap­peal, as the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion de­manded John­son re­verse the sus­pen­sion and re­call law­mak­ers to Par­lia­ment.

With Brexit due in 50 days, the court rul­ing deep­ened Bri­tain’s po­lit­i­cal dead­lock. John­son in­sists the coun­try must leave the EU on Oc­to­ber 31, with or with­out a divorce deal to smooth the way. But many law­mak­ers fear a no-deal Brexit would be eco­nom­i­cally dev­as­tat­ing, and are de­ter­mined to stop him.

In a sur­prise judg­ment, jus­tices at Scot­land’s high­est civil court said the govern­ment’s ac­tion was il­le­gal “be­cause it had the pur­pose of stymieing Par­lia­ment.” But the Court of Ses­sion judges said Bri­tain’s Supreme Court must make the fi­nal de­ci­sion at a hear­ing next week.

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