Unlawful: the supreme court stuns Boris Johnson

The Guardian Politics 1 month ago

As Boris Johnson prepared to give a speech at the UN in New York, judges in the UK supreme court produced a bombshell ruling. His decision to advise the Queen to prorogue parliament for five weeks was judged “unlawful, void and of no effect”, meaning parliament will resume business on Wednesday morning.

The Guardian’s Peter Walker was with Johnson in New York and describes the prime minister’s response as his political opponents called for him to resign. Back in London, Philippe Sands QC tells Rachel Humphreys there were several moments in the case that stunned him, but the most eye-opening was a line in Lady Hale’s statement in summing up the reason the case went against the government. She said: “The effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”

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