Suspending Parliament was unlawful, rule judges

The UK Supreme Court in London

The UK Supreme Court in London

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced an angry backlash from across the political spectrum on Thursday following a series of angry exchanges in parliament over Brexit.

Reading a unanimous decision by the 11 highest judges in the land, Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said the prime minister had acted illegally. "Get an extension and we'll have an election", Corbyn declared, in reference to the Opposition stand that any snap election vote can take place in Parliament only once the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is completely taken off the table, by seeking an extension to the October 31 deadline in order to thrash out a withdrawal agreement with the EU.

The opposition warns a no-deal Brexit would be highly disruptive for Britain's economy and have said Johnson should first delay Brexit before an election is held.

According to Reuters, an unnamed Downing Street source has said that the Prime Minister will not resign in response to the verdict.

However, the ruling by the Supreme court could raise the demand of Boris Johnson resigning, and this could pave wave for a stronger pound if a new less pro-Brexit party leader for the Tories is chosen.

The House of Commons said in a statement: "We are considering the implications of the Supreme Court's judgment for parliament and will provide further information as soon as we can".

Alistair Carmichael
Alistair Carmichael

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told his party conference that the court decision shows Johnson's "contempt" for democracy and rule of law.

Parliament remains deadlocked over Brexit, with Johnson intent on leading Britain out of the European Union with or without an exit agreement while most lawmakers are determined to block a no-deal scenario, which they fear will cause huge economic disruption.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace was filmed giving an explanation as to why Boris Johnson suspended parliament in Helsinki following the announcement, saying that the reality was due to the Brexit impasse and not the official reasoning.

In a damning verdict, they said the lengthy suspension "had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions".

MP for Dagenham and Rainham Jon Cruddas said: "This is an utter humiliation for Boris Johnson".

He lost six consecutive important votes in Parliament, saw his working majority in Parliament evaporate, had his own brother step down from a government post in protest and even failed to get the legislature to back his call for a national election.

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House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said Parliament "must convene without delay", adding that he would now consult party leaders "as a matter of urgency".

The Conservative leader, who is in NY, told British media he "strongly disagreed" with the decision but said he would respect it.

"I don't think that the government should apologise for having a strong domestic agenda".

Mr Johnson is in a showdown with Parliament over his plan to take Britain out of the European Union on the scheduled deadline, even if there is no divorce deal to smooth the way.

He has called for an election to resolve the current impasse with MPs, who have rejected the current version of the deal struck by his predecessor Theresa May previous year.

"Let me tell the prime minister that they often quote his words - "surrender act", "betrayal", "traitor" - and I for one am sick of it".

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Cox, in his answers to MPs, pitted the electorate against the parliament and accused MPs of wanting to reverse Brexit.

She backed calls for Mr Johnson to resign from his position as Prime Minister.

"He says he wants a general election".

In another headache for Johnson, one of his ministers was called to answer questions in the Commons over the prime minister's relationship with a United States technology entrepreneur.

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