Brexit: UK Supreme Court to begin hearing on suspension of parliament

Brexit: UK Supreme Court to begin hearing on suspension of parliament
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will begin its hearing on the British Prime Minister's decision to suspend parliament on Tuesday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend UK parliament will be considered by the UK Supreme Court, the final court of appeal for civil cases in the UK, in a hearing beginning on Tuesday morning.

The Prime Minister suspended the UK parliament on 9 September for a five-week period, in a move that has incited criticism.

On 11 September, Scottish judges declared that the Prime Minister's suspension of parliament was unlawful, calling the prorogation order “null and of no effect.”

The UK Supreme Court, composed of 11 judges, will hear appeals from the government and campaigners challenging Johnson's decision to suspend parliament, in a hearing that is expected to go on until Thursday.

The British Prime Minister said that he will "wait and see what the judges say".

With 45 days to go before the Brexit deadline of 31 October, Johnson continues to consider a no-deal outcome, despite warnings of potential food shortages, drug shortages, risks of public unrest as well as fluctuations in UK imports.

Johnson pulled out of a press conference with Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, after being booed by crowds as he left a working lunch with outgoing President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in Luxembourg on Monday.

In further Brexit news, former Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday evening that Johnson thought that the leave vote would lose in the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

Evie McCullough

The Brussels Times

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