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UK court rules Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Pimlico Primary school in London, Tuesday July 10, 2018, with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to meet staff and students. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)
Summary

Another Brexit defeat for Boris Johnson: Scottish court rules PM's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful


The Scottish court did not order that U.K. Parliament's suspension be overturned, despite finding it was unlawful


Boris Johnson claims he shut down the legislature this week so that he can start afresh on his domestic agenda


LONDON — Britain’s political opposition demanded Wednesday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson reverse his suspension of Parliament, after a court ruled that his decision to send lawmakers home less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was unlawful.

Judges at Scotland’s highest civil court said the government’s action was illegal “because it had the purpose of stymieing Parliament.” But the Court of Session judges said Britain’s Supreme Court must make the final decision at a hearing next week.

Johnson claims he shut down the legislature this week so that he can start afresh on his domestic agenda at a new session of Parliament next month. But the five-week suspension also gives him a respite from rebellious lawmakers as he plots his next move to break the political deadlock over Brexit and lead Britain out of the EU by Oct. 31.