Brexit may be nearing its’ seemingly-ultimate deadline of 31 October for the UK to leave the European Union, but continuing events dictate that’s not going to happen without further drama.
This morning, the UK Supreme Court, composed of 11 judges, ruled unanimously that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proroguing (suspension) of Parliament on the 9th September for five weeks was unlawful.
The suspension of Parliament is the prerogative of the sitting Prime Minister and, in this case, as is customary, was approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The court stopped short of ruling that the Prime Minister mislead the Queen in stating to her the reasons for the prorogation.
Following legal challenges in both English and Scottish High Courts over the prorogation, which saw the English court rule in favour and the Scottish that the prorogation was unlawful, the cases were heard together at the Supreme Court last week over a 3-day period.
Not only is this ruling constitutional and political dynamite, but it means Parliament will resume tomorrow 25 September at 1130 according to the outgoing Speaker John Bercow.
Mr. Bercow, an acknowledged Remainer, though required to be independent in his current role, stated in a media conference outside the Houses of Parliament a short time ago, that the Supreme Court ruled that the prorogation “…prevented or frustrated Parliament in the discharge of its core duties, and it did so at a crucial time for our country”.
He added that he had “…instructed the House authorities to prepare for…a resumption of the business of the House of Commons…it does so tomorrow at 1130 a.m.”
Prime Minister Johnson, speaking from New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly said in a media conference that he strongly disagrees with the judgement of the Supreme Court and says the UK “will not be deterred” from leaving the EU on 31 October.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called on the Prime Minister to ‘…consider his position’ following the ruling.
Downing Street issued a statement saying that Mr Johnson had no intention of resigning.