Parliament break: Scottish court considers compulsory break illegal
The suspension of the lower house by Boris Johnson is unlawful in the opinion of an appeal court. A supreme court decision is still pending.
The forced suspension of British Parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not legal, according to a Scottish court. This was reported by the British News Agency PA from the courtroom. The compulsory break was "illegal," the Edinburgh court said. The aim was obvious to obstruct the Parliament. The British government announced its intention to appeal.
About 75 deputies had been prosecuted. In the first instance, the action before the Court of Session in Scotland had initially failed. The High Court in London had also dismissed a similar complaint.
However, the suspension does not have to be reversed: a final decision will be taken by the Supreme Court in the UK, which also deals with the question of the legality of the compulsory break this week.
Since the night of Tuesday, MEPs have been forced to suspend their work in the British Parliament. There had been tumultuous scenes in the House of Commons at the ceremony: Opposition MPs were holding protest notes saying "Silenced" and chanting "shame on you" toward the government faction. Parliament President John Bercow spoke of an "act of executive empowerment". The next regular session day is scheduled for the 14th of October.
Johnson had decided to suspend the Parliament to prevent Parliament from taking action against a potentially disorderly Brexit on October 31. The opposition accused him of undermining democratic control. However, the parliament had passed a law preventing an EU exit without an agreement on that date. Also new elections, which aspired Johnson, rejected the deputies.