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

Rushanara Ali MP is one of the 75 Parliamentarians who have taken legal action against the Prime Minister over his suspension of parliament.

 

Earlier today, Scotland’s highest civil court found in favour of the cross-party group of MPs and declared the prorogation of Parliament unlawful. The three judges agreed that Mr Johnson's decision to suspend was motivated by the "improper purpose of stymying Parliament" and is unconstitutional.

This decision will not immediately affect the current suspension of Parliament, and the case will now be heard in the UK Supreme Court on Tuesday 17 September following the Government’s appeal.

Rushanara Ali MP said:

"I am delighted with the Court’s judgment and I’m proud to be one of the 75 Parliamentarians standing up for 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 thank our fantastic legal team who have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome. I also thank all those who donated to the crowdfunding appeal that provided the much-needed resources for this legal challenge." 

 

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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?