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A court in Scotland concludes that the suspension of the British Parliament is illegal

September 11, 2019

The court concludes that Johnson intends to hinder parliamentary work, although the final decision will depend on the Supreme Court

The highest appeals court in Scotland has ruled on Wednesday that the parliamentary suspension requested by the Boris Johnson Government, which began Tuesday morning and will last until October 14, is “illegal,” although the final decision remains in the hands of the Supreme Court

The sentence tombs another from a lower instance that last week ruled that Johnson had not broken the law and is also contrary to the opinion of the London High Court, which also ruled last Friday in favor of the Government.

The three judges who sign the ruling on Tuesday understand that the suspension had “the inappropriate objective of hindering Parliament”, which gives the reason to the 75 deputies of different parties that had allied to launch this appeal.

“It is an obvious case of a clear ruling when it comes to complying with the standards of behavior generally accepted by public authorities,” the magistrates maintain, in an excerpt from the sentence that precedes the full publication of the text, planned for the Friday.

The decision of the Scottish court, however, does not imply the resumption of parliamentary activity, which is at the expense of what the Supreme may decide in a series of hearings that will begin on Tuesday, according to the BBC. A spokesman for Downing Street has acknowledged that the government is “disappointed” and will appeal to the Supreme Court.

“The United Kingdom Government needs to present a strong legislative agenda. Suspending Parliament is the legal and necessary way to do it,” said the spokesman.


The opposition has condemned in block the closure of Parliament for the moment chosen, a month and a half from the date set for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. For this reason, a law was passed in a few days that urges Johnson to request an extension of Brexit to prevent a divorce without agreement on October 31.

One of the representatives of the group of deputies who had filed the appeal in Scotland, Joanne Cherry, of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has demanded that Parliament resume its activity immediately after the court ruling in its favor.