In a major setback for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday (Sept 24) that his suspension of Parliament was illegal.
The ruling sent shockwaves throughout the international community. It represents a major blow to the Prime Minister’s decision to suspended Parliament for five weeks, describing it as a routine closure.
In an uncharacteristic statement on political debates the country’s highest court ruled that Johnson’s government had essentially stifled discussions around the Brexit policy through his decision to shut down Parliament.
Senior judge Brenda Hale described the suspension as “unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification”.