Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Edinburgh, Sept 11 (AFP/APP):British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a fresh blow Wednesday when a Scottish court ruled that his controversial decision to suspend parliament in
the run-up to Brexit was unlawful.

The government immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard
in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime.

Johnson says the decision to suspend — or prorogue — parliament until October 14 is a routine move allowing his government to launch a new legislative agenda.

But critics accuse him of trying to silence parliamentary opposition to
his threat to leave the European Union on October 31 even if he has failed to
agree divorce terms with Brussels.

If Johnson fails to secure a deal he insists the country will leave anyway,
to the outrage of many MPs who believe a “no deal” exit would bring huge

After the legal ruling, the opposition Labour party demanded that
Johnson urgently recall parliament, which was suspended for five weeks on

However, a government source told AFP that “nothing is changing”
until the case was concluded.

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