- The British Supreme Court has ruled that the suspension of the House of Commons imposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson violates the law.
- The opposition has accused the conservative head of government of wanting to eliminate Parliament, in order to enforce an exit if necessary without an agreement with the EU. Johnson's lawyers, however, argued in court that it was a routine matter and the government had only had time to prepare for the new governmental program through the forced break.
- The United Kingdom is leaving the EU as of 31 October. Under Prime Minister Johnson, the likelihood of an unregulated Brexit has risen lately. Johnson calls on the EU changes to the exit agreement, the EU rejects.
- All important information about Brexit can be found on our topic page.
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11:55 September 24, 2019
Lawyer Caspar Iser
The full verdict was published by the court on its website.
11:47 September 24, 2019
The decision was made unanimously by the eleven judges. The forced leave for the lower house was "unlawful, void and without effect".
The main argument of the Tribunal: The British Parliament must not be prevented without sufficient reason from fulfilling its constitutional task. According to the judges, this reason was not present in the current case. Normally, the preparation of a Queen's speech takes four to six days, not five weeks, as the government claims, says Judge Brenda Hale.
The motives for the forced leave of Parliament would not play a role. Also, the court would not decide when and how Britain leaves the EU. It is simply a question of determining whether or not the Prime Minister's decision is lawful.
The Parliament should, according to the court immediately reunite. That could be the case tomorrow, Wednesday.
11:42 September 24, 2019
Lawyer Caspar Iser
Another defeat for the Prime Minister : Boris Johnson's suspension of the British Parliament violates the constitution. This was decided by the highest British court.
The opposition had accused Johnson of suspending MEPs in order to hold his Brexit course without parliamentary involvement. By contrast, the British government referred to a routine procedure.
11:34 September 24, 2019
Lawyer Caspar Iser
The opposition accuses Boris Johnson of wanting to eliminate the parliament by suspending his plans for a possibly unregulated Brexit. But how likely is a No Deal currently?
Parliament virtually ruled out an unregulated exit with a law shortly before the forced break. The House of Commons required Boris Johnson to apply for a Brexit reprieve from the EU if he did not have a withdrawal pact by 19 October. Johnson announced that he would not bow to it. At the same time, however, he asserted that he wanted to respect the law. What that means in practice is unclear.
Johnson reiterated that he still believed in a deal. However, the EU called for specific proposals that largely failed to materialize.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is showing little confidence this Tuesday that Britain can leave the EU without a contract. He sees no reason to be optimistic that the EU and Britain will find a solution to the controversial design of border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland, he says.
10:57 September 24, 2019
Today, the UK Supreme Court adjudicates whether Boris Johnson's forced leave was lawful for the lower house. It is one of the most far-reaching legal decisions of the past decades. Here you can follow the announcement live.
The court heard the arguments of both sides last week for three days. Go the government: She's on a roll, saying that she did not want to have to do something to catch up with her. In it, she introduces the government's policy for the then beginning of the parliamentary year. The other side argues that forced leave only prevents them from discussing the most important issue in parliament: Brexit. Among other things, more than 70 members of the lower house had sued.
What does Boris Johnson do if the court adjudicates him? (And after that it looks.) So far, he has resigned, but the pressure on him will grow to give up his post. According to Politico he wants to speak at noon to the verdict in New York. Johnson is currently at the United Nations summit in the US and is scheduled to meet with US President Donald Trump in the afternoon.
If the court rules against Johnson, Parliament will meet again by the end of September. Probably a vote of no confidence by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn appears , Johnson should not go voluntarily. Then the opposition would have two weeks to form a transitional government.
It could then go to the EU, as requested by a majority in the lower house, to request an extension until the end of January. In that time, either in the UK would be re-elected or held a second Brexit referendum. The latter is unlikely.
But it is also possible that Johnson again tried to send the Parliament on forced leave. At least he did not rule that out.
In the end, as always, the subject of Brexit and the UK: what is still considered safe today can be wastepaper a day later.
This is how we start this live blog.