The UK’s highest court will give its historic ruling on Tuesday over the legality of the five-week suspension of Parliament.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson , who has been accused of an unlawful “abuse of power”, will be in the United States when the Supreme Court announces its findings, following an unprecedented hearing last week.
Eleven justices have been asked to determine whether his advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament, for what opponents describe as an “exceptionally long” period, was unlawful.
The Supreme Court heard appeals over three days arising out of separate legal challenges in England and Scotland, in which leading judges reached different conclusions.
If the justices today side with the decision of the High Court and rule that judges have no place in interfering with purely political matters, then the suspension of Parliament will continue until October 14 and the Prime Minister can breathe a sigh of relief.
But if they decide that the prorogation was unlawful, then Parliament could be recalled.
Lord Keen said the Prime Minister will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling if it concludes his advice to the Queen was unlawful – but refused to rule out the possibility Mr Johnson may advise the monarch to prorogue Parliament for a second time.
Additional reporting by PA.
Speaker calls for Parliament to sit from tomorrow
John Bercow has said MPs should sit from tomorrow at 11.30am.
It is unclear what effect that will have on the Prime Minister, who is due to be in New York for the duration of the General Assembly, though there are rumours he may fly back early.
There was ‘no reason’ for the PM to advise the Queen to prorogue parliament
In its full judgement, published just after the announcement prorogation was unlawful, the judges have said there was no basis for the Prime Minister to advise the Queen to prorogue parliament.
One sentence reads: “It is impossible for us to conclude, on the evidence which has been put before us, that there was any reason – let alone a good reason – to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament for five weeks, from 9th or 12th September until 14th October. We cannot speculate, in the absence of further evidence, upon what such reasons might have been. It follows that the decision was unlawful. “
House of Commons issues statement
The House of Commons said in a statement: “The House service’s primary responsibility is to ensure the smooth running of parliamentary business. “We are considering the implications of the Supreme Court’s judgment for Parliament and will provide further information as soon as we can.”
Jeremy Corbyn speaks out
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Boris Johnson to “consider his position” following the Supreme Court decision.
Speaker says Parliament must come back ‘without delay’
Speaking just after the judgement was handed down Commons Speaker John Bercow said Parliament must be reconvened as soon as possible.
“I welcome the Supreme Court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.
“The judges have rejected the government’s claim that closing down Parliament for five weeks was merely standard practice to allow for a new Queen’s Speech.
“In reaching their conclusion, they have vindicated the right and duty of Parliament to meet at this crucial time to scrutinise the executive and hold ministers to account.
As the embodiment of our Parliamentary democracy, the House of Commons must convene without delay.
“To this end, I will now consult the party leaders as a matter of urgency.”
Lib Dems say they will take on Johnson’s “criminal actions”
The Liberal Democrats have called out Boris Johnson’s “criminal actions”, as his move to prorogue parliament was ruled to be illegal by the Supreme Court.
North West Liberal Democrats MEP Jane Brophy said: “Democracy has been a real buzzword for Boris Johnson in recent years. Now we know he closed down Parliament illegally.
“We may be used to exceptional headlines over the last few years, but that should not detract from just how significant this is.
“Our own Prime Minister tried to silence our lawmakers. His criminal actions will not wash with British people in the coming election.
“With Labour in a mess, the Lib Dems are the only party strong enough and focussed enough to take on the Tories and stand up for hard-working Northerners.”
Even before the judgement came in this morning the Prime Minister reportedly told journalists in New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly, that he would not resign even if the court ruled against him.
However Mr Johnson is already facing new calls from Labour to go.
Joe Anderson hits out at Boris
Mayor Joe Anderson hits out at Boris.
What happens now?
The government has previously said it will respect the court’s ruling – but it is unclear what that will mean for MPs and for Parliament.
Some MPs had been calling for Parliament to start sitting again from tomorrow if the court ruled in its favour.
And Lady Hale confirmed the Commons and the Lords “can take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible”.
Boris Johnson faces further backlash
Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has said the Supreme Court’s decision is “just the start”.
“Supreme Court decision has stopped Johnson in his tracks,” she tweeted. “Parliament cannot be swept aside by prime ministerial whim. It must resume immediately.
“This is just the start. Our democracy won’t be safe until we have a written constitution, protecting our rights and rule of law.”
Calls for Boris to resign
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson has called for Boris Johnson to resign.
‘Parliament is not prorogued’
The Prime Minister has lost the case by a unanimous decision of the 11 judges that heard the case.
It means that parliament has technically not been prorogued, with Lady Hale saying it would be up to parliamentary authorities and the Speaker to decide what to do next.
PROROGATION IS RULED UNLAWFUL
The court’s president Lady Hale said the decision “prevented Parliament from carrying out its duties” .
Suspension of Parliament is a matter for the court
The first part of the judgment has been announced – and it’s a loss for the PM.
The Supreme Court has overturned the ruling from the English High Court and determined that it can rule on whether the suspension was lawful.
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Court is preparing to give verdict
The decision from the Supreme Court is imminent
Decision expected very soon
At 10.30 am Supreme Court will rule whether Mr Johnson’s advice to the Queen was “justiciable” – capable of challenge in the courts – and, if so, whether it was lawful.
Boris not nervous
Mr Johnson was asked whether he was nervous about the Supreme Court judgment in an interview in New York, and replied: “It takes a lot to make me nervous these days. “All I can tell you is that I have the highest regard for the judiciary in this country, I will look at the ruling with care.”
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