UK Supreme Court To Pronounce Verdict In Brexit Cases Tomorrow

23 Sep 2019 1:36 PM GMT
UK Supreme Court To Pronounce Verdict In Brexit Cases Tomorrow
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The United Kingdom Supreme Court will pronounce tomorrow its verdict on the cases questioning the legality of the suspension of British Parliament by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

It was on September 19 that the 11-judge bench of the UK SC reserved judgment in two cases, which arise out of the top courts of England and Scotland., after holding three days of consecutive hearing from September 16.

The case has highly politically stakes, and its verdict will have substantial impact on the fate of the current government. The opposition allege that Boris Johnson suspended the Parliament to block discussions on his move to get a no-deal Brexit bill passed by October 31.

The decision to prorogue Parliament from September 9 to October 14 was announced by the PM on August 28. This was challenged before the highest courts of England and Scotland, which were also promptly heard and decided.

The High Court of London dismissed the challenge, holding that prorogation of Parliament was not a matter for judicial review. Taking a different view, the highest court of Scotland declared the prorogation to be unlawful, allowing a petition filed by a group of parliamentarians. The Scotland Court held that the suspension "had the purpose of stymying Parliament."

Appeals were filed against both the decisions in the Supreme Court, which decided to hold a special hearing from September 16 to 19. Lady Hale, the presiding judge, said that the appeals had to be heard on a short notice for "obvious reasons".

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