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Supreme Court: Forced break for British Parliament is inadmissible


The Supreme Court declared Boris Johnson's suspension of the House of Commons inadmissible. The impact on democracy was extreme.

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The compulsory break of the lower house obtained by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Queen is inadmissible. That was the verdict of the supreme court of the country. "The impact on the foundations of our democracy was extreme," said Judge Brenda Hale. The Supreme Court had spent three days discussing the case last week.

Johnson had obtained from Queen Elizabeth II a five-week suspension of parliament. The opposition accuses him of wanting to turn Parliament off in order to be able to go through his plans for a potentially unregulated Brexit.

Johnson's attorneys had argued in court that it was a routine matter and that the government only wanted time to prepare for the new government program. The highest Scottish court had previously declared the forced break null and void. The High Court in London, however, dismissed an action against it. Both judgments should be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Source: zeit

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