By Godson Ikiebey-
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend the UK Parliament for more than a month has been ruled unlawful by Scotland’s highest court of appeal, in the latest blow for the embattled Prime Minister.
The judges ruled that Johnson’s advice to the Queen on the suspension of Parliament was unlawful because “it had the purpose of stymying Parliament”.
According to Johnson, he needed to prorogue Parliament in order to bring forward a new legislative program. Critics describe it as an audacious move to reduce the amount of time available to block Johnson’s Brexit plans in Parliament ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline.
The suspension of Parliament, the longest in decades, won’t be immediately lifted, and the UK’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the government. Parliament was prorogued on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 and is not set to return until mid-October, 2019.