The United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament, describing it as unlawful.
Johnson suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen’s Speech to outline his new policies.
But the UK’s highest court said it was wrong to stop Parliament carrying out its duties.
“The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme,” the court’s president Lady Hale said.
“The prorogation was void and of no effect,” she added. “Parliament has not been prorogued.”
Lady Hale continued that the speakers of the Houses of Commons and Lords “can take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible”.
Reacting to the ruling, Boris Johnson, said that he “strongly disagrees” with the Supreme Court judgement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I have the highest respect of course for the judiciary and the independence of our courts.
“But I must say I strongly disagree with this judgment and we in the UK will not be deterred from getting on and delivering on the will of the people to come out of the EU on October 31 because that is what we were mandated to do,” Johnson said.