Britain’s Supreme Court has taken a unique, historic decision, effectively finding Prime Minister Boris Johnson guilty of abuse of power. According to the panel of judges, he wrongfully sent Parliament on a long break.
The Supreme Court — Britain’s constitutional court on Tuesday announced a decision on two claims for prorogation, that is, the Prime Minister’s decision to send Parliament to recess until October 14. The panel of judges found the decision unlawful.
Chief justice lady Hale said that the government has not presented any reasonable justification why he needed before the planned exit of the country from the European Union to declare prorogation for five weeks, when the normal duration of prorogation — a few days.
Therefore, all 11 judges of the panel unanimously decided that the prorogation was illegal, and declared it legally null and void.
On October 31 appointed exit of Britain from the European Union, and opponents of Johnson accused him of that he, announcing a break, trying not to let Parliament interfere with his, Johnson, the course of a hard break with the European Union.
After such a decision, Johnson’s opponents — both opposition parties and members of the Prime Minister’s party — will inevitably and very insistently demand his resignation.
Boris Johnson, who is now in New York at the UN General Assembly, when asked by journalists whether he would resign if he lost in the Supreme Court, said only that he would carefully study the court’s decision and that the government fully respects the law and the court.
The Prime Minister responded to the opposition’s accusations that prorogation is a routine procedure for preparing the government’s new legislative program, and in this case, it is announced solely for the same purpose.
The Supreme Court ruled that it was now up to the speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to decide when Parliament should resume.