UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a new blow on Wednesday after the Scottish judiciary declared his decision to suspend parliament until October 14 “illegal”, just two weeks ahead of Brexit, while the government announced it would appeal.
A government source immediately announced that the decision “does not change anything” at the moment.
The government immediately announced the appeal to the High Court in London. “There has been no order to annul the decision to suspend parliament,” the source told AFP ahead of Tuesday’s session.
After about 80 parliamentarians filed a complaint with her, the Appeals Court in Edinburgh ruled that Johnson’s decision was aimed at “disrupting the work of parliament” and called the suspension “illegal” and “null and void.”
“We are disappointed by today’s decision and will appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court,” the government said in a statement.
The main opposition Labor Party, as well as Prime Minister of Scotland Nicolas Sturgeon, demanded the immediate resumption of parliament.
It was the first judicial victory for opponents of the controversial suspension of parliament. Johnson’s opponents considered the move a maneuver resorted to by the head of the Conservative government to prevent them from blocking the UK’s exit from the EU without an agreement.
The Scottish Court of First Instance rejected a lawsuit by about 80 pro-European parliamentarians to prevent the suspension of parliament.
Judge Raymond Doherty at the time that the suspension is a political issue can not be assessed according to legal standards “but only on the basis of political provisions,” adding in his ruling that it is up to the parliament or voters to make a decision.
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Judges at the Scottish Court of Appeal, on the contrary, considered that they could declare the suspension illegal because it was intended to allow the government to act away from the control of deputies, according to a summary of the decision published by the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh.
“Nobody thinks logically and is convinced of the reasons used by Johnson to suspend parliament,” Labor Party spokesman Kerr Starmer said, adding that parliament should resume “immediately”.
The Scottish prime minister made the same appeal for parliament to be able to continue “the oversight work that is essentially entrusted to him.”
Parliament was suspended from Monday night to Tuesday for five weeks amid a charged political atmosphere.
Parliament was suspended in the midst of strong protests by the opposition, whose deputies waved posters saying “His voice was silenced” and shouted “Shame on you!” Confronting their conservative colleagues.
Before that, MPs again defeated the prime minister within a few days by dropping his proposal for early elections on 15 October to seek a new majority on the sidelines of a maneuver.
Before any vote, the opposition wants to make sure that the prospect of an “exit without agreement” is eliminated and that economic chaos is feared to ensue, and Brexit is postponed for another three months if no agreement is reached by October 19, which was confirmed by parliament last week.
Legal expert David Allen Green wrote on Twitter that the chances of upholding the verdict before the High Court in London were “non-existent”, stressing that Scottish law was “completely different” from the law in Britain and Wales.
Other complaints have been filed in Northern Ireland and London, which have so far failed.
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