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Scottish court: Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament is illegal

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was illegal.

Parliament was suspended on Monday until October 14, a move opponents said was aimed at thwarting their attempts to revise Johnson’s exit plans and enable him to press ahead with an exit without agreement.

“We call for the Parliament to convene immediately,” Joanna Sherry, a Scottish National Party MP, told Sky News after the Supreme Civil Court ruled.

Meanwhile, the British government said on Wednesday it would appeal the Scottish court ruling.

“We are disappointed by today’s decision and we will appeal to the Supreme Court,” a government spokesman said. The British government needs to advance a strong domestic legislative agenda. The suspension of Parliament is the legal and necessary way to achieve this.”

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