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AFP
September 24, 2019

UK SC to rule on parliament suspension today

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AFP
September 24, 2019

LONDON: The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday on whether British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in shutting down parliament in the run-up to the country’s scheduled EU exit next month.

Britain’s highest court will rule on the legality of Johnson’s advice to Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue parliament for five weeks until October 14 -- just a fortnight before Brexit day on October 31.

Johnson, who took office in July, insists the decision to suspend parliament earlier this month was a routine move allowing his new government to launch a fresh legislative programme. But critics accused him of trying to silence MPs, most of whom oppose his threat to leave the European Union on October 31 without a divorce deal with Brussels.

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