Judge Rules Boris Johnson’s Plan To Suspend Parliament Is Lawful

A judge in Scotland has ruled that Boris Johnson’s plan to shut down parliament is lawful.

More than 75 politicians had legally challenged Johnson’s right to suspend, or prorogue parliament, arguing it was illegal and unconstitutional because he was seeking to do so in order to force through a no-deal Brexit on October 31 by limiting the opportunity for opponents to object.

But the judge Lord Doherty said the decision about ‘proroguing’ parliament was for politicians, not the courts. 

“This is political territory and decision-making, which cannot be measured by legal standards, but only by political judgements,” he said. 

“I do not accept the submission that the prorogation contravenes the rule of law and the claim is justiciable because of that.”

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