Rushanara Ali MP's statement on court decision finding suspension of UK parliament unlawful

Earlier today, the Supreme Court declared the prorogation of Parliament unlawful.

 

The 11 judges agreed that Mr Johnson's decision to suspend parliament prevented MPs from carrying out their duties in the run-up to Brexit on 31 October. The Supreme Court president Lady Hale said: "The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification."

The Speaker of the House of Commons has confirmed that Parliament will now return, and will sit from 11.30am on Wednesday 25 September. 

Rushanara Ali MP said:

"I am delighted with the Supreme Court’s judgment and I’m proud to be one of the petitioners standing up for our parliamentary democracy. 

The suspension of parliament was an obvious attempt by Boris Johnson to force through a No Deal Brexit and prevent MPs from scrutinising the Government’s plans. This move by the Prime Minister is an affront to our democratic principles. I am looking forward to getting back into parliament, so my colleagues and I can hold this appalling Government to account." 

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  • Claire Simmons
    commented 2019-09-11 15:41:09 +0100
    And so what if anything will actually happen if the ruling is upheld? Will it be enforceable in some way?