The highest court in the UK has judged that proroguing Parliament was unlawful.
The Supreme Court has backed the Scottish High Court’s decision – ruling against Boris Johnson, who suspended Parliament this month until mid-October in a move widely considered to be an attempt to push through a no-deal Brexit.
The ruling comes after the government appealed last month’s High Court decision. Johnson claimed that he prorogued Parliament to prepare the government’s legislative plans for the year ahead, but lawyers said that there was “strong evidence” that he was trying to “silence Parliament”.
The Supreme Court also overturned the English High Court’s decision that prorogation was “purely political” and not a matter for the court, following an appeal by campaigner Gina Miller, who had brought a similar case.
The court’s decision means that Boris Johnson must recall Parliament before 14th October. However, due to his legal battering, many are now calling for his resignation.
Earlier this month, Dominic Grieve, the former Tory Attorney General who was sacked for voting against a no-deal Brexit, told the BBC that Johnson “must resign” if it is found that he misled the Queen.
Regardless, the government has said it will “abide by the ruling” of the court, so we look forward to seeing MPs return to the chamber imminently.