Supreme Court Brexit Ruling – what was the decision and what happens next.
Eleven Supreme Court Judges agree unanimously that Boris Johnson broke the law when asking the Queen to prorogue parliament, thereby misleading the Queen, which means he lied to the monarch. This has the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions. European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt praises judgement and say “At least one big relief in the Brexit Saga, the rule of law in the UK is alive and kicking”. Brexit party Leader Nigel Farage says Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings, said to be the architect of the prorogation plan, must be sacked.
What happens now that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Boris Johnson’s Prorogation of Parliament was unlawful. The ruling will have major ramifications for Brexit, the government and the country. Here is what is likely to happen next, Lady Hale, the President of the Supreme Court, said that suspending Parliament was ‘unlawful’, void and of no effect’, which means “Parliament has not been prorogued”. Lady Hale said the court was not certain what should happen next, she believed it should be up to the house of commons speaker John Bercow and the house of Lords speaker to decide how to proceed. This means when parliament sits again rests entirely in the hands of parliament rather than the government. Mr. Bercow will now consult the leaders of the political parties before announcing a final decision on when parliament will sit again.
Mr. Johnson suspended the parliament with the argument he needed time to prepare a Queen’s speech which had been due to take place on October 14, today’s ruling effectively destroys that timetable and puts the government back to square one. Ministers will now have to decide how to proceed, with rumours that Mr. Johnson could try to prorogue Parliament again, such a move would be controversial. Mr. Johnson has ruled out resigning in the event of the court ruling Prorogation was unlawful, but he will now face intense pressure to consider his position. The UK remains on course to leave the EU on October 31 but today’s decision means the run up to Halloween will be volatile and fraught with difficulty.
These are the eleven supreme court judges and there ages who considered the legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament, Lady Hale 74, Lord Reed 63, Lord Kerr 72, Lord Carnwath 74, Lord Hodge 66, Lady Black 65, Lord Lloyd Jones 67, Lady Arden 72, Lord Kitchin 64, Lord Sales 57.
Boris Johnson has today damned Supreme Court’s humiliating judgement and refused to apologise for misleading the Queen, as John Bercow seized power and ordered MPs back to participate in parliament tomorrow.