UK Supreme Court to rule on Parliament recall

Agency, 17 September : Boris Johnson has said he will “wait and see what the judges say” before deciding whether to recall Parliament.

The Supreme Court will hear two appeals that will determine whether the prime minister acted lawfully in suspending Parliament for five weeks.

It will give the final ruling after Edinburgh’s Court of Session said the shutdown was illegal and London’s High Court said it was not a court matter.

Mr Johnson said he had the “greatest respect for the judiciary”. The suspension of Parliament, a process known as proroguing, began a week ago.

MPs are not scheduled to return until 14 October, when there will be a Queen’s Speech outlining Mr Johnson’s legislative plans. The UK is due to leave the EU on 31 October. Opposition parties have called for Parliament to be recalled.

Mr Johnson said the independence of the judiciary “is one of the glories of the UK”. “And I think the best thing I can say, having said that, is to wait and see what they say,” he said.

Asked again if he would be ready to recall Parliament if that was what the Supreme Court said he ought to do, he said: “I think the best thing I could do is wait and see what the judges say.” The hearing is scheduled to last until Thursday.

In the same interview, Mr Johnson said the EU had had “a bellyful” of the Brexit process and wanted to get a deal, adding that leaders were “fed up with endless delays” and wanted to move onto the next phase of trade talks.

But on Monday Luxembourg’s PM attacked the prime minister’s approach to Brexit, calling the situation a “nightmare”.

After Mr Johnson pulled out of a joint press conference with Xavier Bettel because of noisy anti-Brexit protesters, the Luxembourg PM proceeded to appear at the conference without his British counterpart.

A UK government source said on Monday that the gap the UK and Brussels needed to bridge to achieve a Brexit deal “remains quite large”.


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