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October 20, 2019
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SC rules British parliament suspension ‘unlawful, void and no effect’

LONDON, UK: The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the British Prime Minister’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was ‘unlawful’.

“The decision to advise her majesty to prorogue parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification,” Supreme Court President Lady Hale said in the verdict.

The judgement came from all 11 Supreme Court Judges unanimously.

The judges agreed that PM Boris Johnson “misled” the Queen in advising her to suspend the parliament in midst of the Brexit deal controversy.

“Unlawful, void and no effect,” President of the Supreme Court Lady Hale said about the suspension of the legislative body by the PM.

“No prime minister must ever treat the monarch or parliament in this way again,” former prime minister Sir John Major stressed in wake of the observation by the top court.

PM Johnson who was at a summit at the UN headquarters at the time of the ruling said, “Obviously it is a verdict that we will respect and we respect the judicial process.”

“I have to say I strongly disagree with what the justices have found,” he opined.

Gina Miller, the businesswoman who led the campaign against the PM’s decision of parliament’s suspension, said: “It is a win for parliamentary sovereignty, the separation of powers and the independence of our British courts.”

Labour Party Member Parliament Jeremy Corbyn asserted the government will be held to account for what it has done.

“Boris Johnson has been found to have misled the country,” he remarked.

The PM now faces calls for resignation from the members of the parliament as well as the public.

Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage insisted PM Johnson must “as a matter of honour” offer his resignation to the MPs in parliament.

PM Johnson chaired a half-hour phone call with his cabinet to discuss the implications of the judgement.

A senior government official revealed that the premier spoke to the Queen after the apex court ruling, but abstained from revealing further details.

Buckingham Palace has refrained from issuing a statement about political turmoil happening around the House of Commons after SC decision to resume parliamentary session on Wednesday.