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U.K.: Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Was Unlawful, Scottish Court Rules

1 MIN READSep 11, 2019 | 14:16 GMT

What Happened: Scotland's highest appeal court has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament was unlawful, the Financial Times reported Sept. 11. However, the court said it would not recall legislators until the British Supreme Court issues its final ruling on the issue.

Why It Matters: An early decision by the British Supreme Court to reconvene Parliament could give opposition parties more time to enact legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit or submit a no-confidence motion against the government.

Background: A London court ruled Sept. 6 that the government's decision to suspend Parliament was legal after Johnson announced in late August that he would prorogue the chamber from Sept. 9 until Oct. 14, two weeks before the United Kingdom's scheduled withdrawal date from the European Union.

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