Johnson faces demands to recall MPs after Parliament suspension ruled unlawful

Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session

Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session

He hit out at the decision made by the Scottish Court of Session on Wednesday that ruled Johnson's prorogation of Parliament was "unlawful".

The case will go to a Supreme Court hearing next week.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman rejected claims that the true goal was to prevent MPs thwarting his pledge to take Britain out of the European Union by October 31, with or without a deal with Brussels.

Three British main opposition parties joined forces Wednesday night demanding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson immediately recall the Parliament.

Last week, Judge Lord Doherty had dismissed a challenge against the suspension of Parliament, saying it was for politicians and not the courts to decide.

For a court to rule that advice given by the government to the monarch is unlawful is absolutely damning for a British prime minister.

Judge Lord Carloway told the 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".

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 objective of stymying parliament".

Jolyon Maugham QC, the anti-Brexit barrister who was second petitioner in the case, said the Supreme Court would hear the case next week.

"The court agreed it is unlawful to suspend the UK Parliament for the specific objective of preventing Parliament from scrutinising the Brexit process and holding this shambolic Tory Government's extreme Brexit plans to account", she said.

The Queen 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. "'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".

"Ultimately then the court said the decision to suspend Parliament is "null and is of no effect".

The minority Liberal Democrats also called for parliament to be restored, with its Brexit spokesman Tom Brake accusing Johnson of "trampling on the very values and principles the United Kingdom was founded upon".

He added in an article for the Financial Times: "In effect, though not in express terms, the Scottish court has held that Mr Johnson lied to the Queen". They also claimed "proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering" the government's "domestic legislative agenda".

"Indeed my view would be that it would be the moment for Mr. Johnson to resign and very swiftly".

A senior Conservative party M.P. who lost the whip last week has said "it's over for Boris Johnson" if the U.K. Supreme Court find that he intentionally misled the Queen during the process to suspend parliament for five weeks.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve warned that if ministers had misled the Queen over the reasons for prorogation, Mr Johnson's position would be untenable and he would have to resign.

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