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11th September 2019, 13:38

UK Parliament prorogation unlawful, rules Scottish court

The suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. Labour and the Scottish National Party say Parliament should be recalled; however, the UK government says it will appeal the Scottish court's decision.

A panel of three judges at the Scottish Court of Session has found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who are challenging the prime minister's move. The decision overturns an earlier court ruling, which last week said that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, had not broken the law. The decision will not immediately affect the current suspension of Parliament, as no court order has yet been given to cancel suspension. A full hearing will be held at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The UK Government says it is "disappointed" at the decision, and that proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way for the government to bring forward its domestic legislative agenda. However, the Opposition parties say Parliament should be recalled, with Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, saying this vindicates the Opposition's stance last week. For its part, the SNP says the Prime Minister cannot be allowed to break the law with impunity, adding the prorogation must now be stopped.