Boris Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth over Brexit

Agency, 13 September : UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied lying to Queen Elizabeth II regarding the advice he gave over the suspension of Parliament.

The prime minister was speaking on Thursday after Scotland’s highest civil court ruled that the five-week prorogation, which Johnson initiated on Monday, was unlawful.

“The High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide,” said Johnson. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case next week.

Johnson said he suspended Parliament in order to present his program of improvements to health care, policing and other “people’s priorities” in a new parliamentary session.

Keir Starmer, Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said Wednesday that “no one in their right mind believed Boris Johnson’s reasons for shutting down Parliament.”

Parliamentary sessions normally last one year in the UK, but the current one has run nonstop since 2017 amid concerns over Brexit legislation.

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