AN­OTHER FINE MESS

■ JOHN­SON DID BREAK LAW TO SHUT COMMONS, COURT RULES ■ HE’S AC­CUSED OF LY­ING WHEN HE ASKED QUEEN FOR CON­SENT ■ CALLS FOR HIM TO RE­SIGN IF HE FAILS TO OVER­TURN RUL­ING

Metro (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - by DO­MINIC YEATMAN

BORIS JOHN­SON was ac­cused of ly­ing to the Queen af­ter judges ruled he un­law­fully sus­pended par­lia­ment to shut down de­bate on Brexit.

The prime min­is­ter faced de­mands for him to im­me­di­ately re­call MPs as Scot­land’s high­est court dis­missed his claim that the five-week clo­sure was or­dered merely to clear the path for his pol­icy agenda.

The Queen (pic­tured) gave con­sent for par­lia­ment be­ing pro­rogued af­ter be­ing told Mr John­son just wanted to launch new leg­is­la­tion at the be­gin­ning of a new ses­sion, with a break be­fore it be­gan.

And the PM was warned last night he will be ex­pected to re­sign if he loses an ap­peal against the Scot­tish rul­ing next week in the Supreme Court.

It came as the govern­ment handed fur­ther am­mu­ni­tion to crit­ics by refusing to make pub­lic mes­sages ex­changed about the sus­pen­sion by aides, as was de­manded by the Commons on Mon­day. MP Do­minic Grieve, ex­pelled from the Tories for re­belling over Brexit, warned: ‘If the govern­ment mis­led the Queen

about the rea­sons for sus­pend­ing par­lia­ment, it would be the mo­ment for Mr John­son to re­sign. Ev­ery MP that be­lieves in our con­sti­tu­tion would sim­ply say, it’s over.’

The Court of Ses­sions in Ed­in­burgh ruled on a case brought by 78 MPs af­ter Mr John­son first an­nounced the sus­pen­sion, which be­gan on Tues­day. Judges said the PM was ‘mo­ti­vated by the im­proper pur­pose of stymy­ing par­lia­ment’. And they added: ‘His ad­vice to HM the Queen and the pro­ro­ga­tion which fol­lowed was un­law­ful and is thus null and of no ef­fect.’

The High Court in Lon­don has de­clined to rule on a sep­a­rate chal­lenge to the sus­pen­sion, say­ing it was a po­lit­i­cal matter. The con­flict­ing judg­ments will be set­tled at a three-day Supreme Court hear­ing start­ing on Tues­day – and No.10 will not re­open par­lia­ment in the mean­time.

‘Boris John­son has lied to ev­ery other woman in his life,’ tweeted Labour’s Jess Phillips. ‘Why he’d make an ex­cep­tion for the Queen seems un­likely.’ Her col­league Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit sec­re­tary, urged MPs to head back to Lon­don, ‘open those doors, and get back in’.

Some of them did go back to the cham­ber, just to make a point.

It fol­lows last week’s dis­as­ters in the Commons for Mr John­son, who lost his de­but vote as PM and failed even to per­suade MPs to let him dis­solve his govern­ment and hold a gen­eral election.

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