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U.K. top court rules suspension of Parliament unlawful (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

U.K. Supreme Court decision
U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down Parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit was unlawful.

The unanimous decision by the 11 presiding judges thrusts Britain’s exit from the European Union further into turmoil as it undermines Mr. Johnson and gives legislators more scope to oppose his Brexit plans.

Reason why Mr. Johnson suspended British Parliament
Mr. Johnson has promised that UK will leave the EU with or without a deal by October 31. However, many members of parliament oppose him. To avoid their opposition, he suspended the parliament.

British Parliament was prorogued from September 10 to October 14. The prorogation was approved by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s politically neutral head of state, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Implications of SC judgement
Some lawmakers, including those thrown out of Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party for rebelling against his Brexit plans, had said he should resign if he was found to have misled the queen.

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Mr. Johnson to consider his position and call a new election.

 Source: The Hindu



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