Supreme Court rules suspension of parliament unlawful

Updates on the political sitaution quickly escalating in Westminster today.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament until 14 October was unlawful, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.

Eleven justices were asked to determine the legality of Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen to prorogue parliament, for what opponents described as an “exceptionally long” period.

The panel held unanimously that the Prime Minister’s advice was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating parliament.

Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, said: “The court is bound to conclude therefore that the decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions.”

In New York, Boris Johnson said that it was a ruling that “we shall respect… we will go ahead and of course parliament will come back.”

“I have the upmost respect for our judiciary, I don’t think this was the right decision. I think that the prorogation has been used for centuries without this kind of challenge.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has led calls for the Prime Minister to consider his position.

Following the decision, Speaker of the House John Bercow said the House of Commons is preparing to resume tomorrow from 11:30 am.

Speaker Bercow said there would be no Prime Minister’s Questions but there would be scope for urgent questions, ministerial statements and emergency debate applications.