Court rejects challenge by opponents of United Kingdom parliament suspension

Court rejects challenge by opponents of United Kingdom parliament suspension

A group of 75 parliamentarians were seeking an interim interdict - similar to an injunction - at the Court of Session ahead of a full hearing.

A Scottish judge refused to block Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament, dealing a blow to lawmakers who argued that there isn't enough time to thwart a no-deal Brexit.

SCOTTISH COURT A group of about 70 lawmakers from opposition parties have backed a bid to have Scotland's highest civil court rule that Johnson can not suspend, parliament before Britain leaves the European Union on October 31.

Their QC, Aidan O'Neill, said the prime minister should lodge a signed affidavit with the court setting out his reasons for wanting to suspend - or prorogue - parliament.

But there are growing concerns among some major players in the European Union that Britain will not be able to come up with realistic alternatives in time.

The Queen's Speech will be held on October 14 and be preceded by a suspension of the House of Commons, meaning Parliament will not sit between mid-September and mid-October.

Wrong-footed, Johnson's opponents labelled the suspension of parliament a "coup" and a "constitutional outrage".

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab branded such claims as "nonsense".

"We now have Scotland-first nationalism, England-first, Northern Ireland-first and Wales-first nationalisms - all challenging the very idea of one United Kingdom and creating divisions so deep that reconciliation will take years if not decades of soul searching to fix the damage being done". "We've been talking about nearly nothing but Brexit", he told reporters at a summit in Helsinki.

"The idea that this is some kind of constitutional outrage is nonsense". He said he fears a no-deal Brexit could wreck the Northern Ireland peace process.

Johnson wants the so-called backstop, the fallback provisions regarding the Irish border, scrapped completely. Alongside that, Mr Johnson's office signalled that the Prime Minister might be willing to moderate his demands.

Major is an outspoken critic of Brexit who had vowed to intervene legally if Johnson sought to prevent parliamentary debate on the issue.

Beyond the courts, Johnson's opponents are planning all manner of moves to stop him in his tracks.

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour's chief legal advisor, warned on BBC radio: "We will use any means necessary to prevent this undemocratic behaviour - that includes people taking to the streets".

It is too early to gauge the possible impact of street protests planned for Saturday in London and other major British cities.

With just two months until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, Johnson's decision to ask Queen Elizabeth to suspend parliament was under challenge from three separate court proceedings.

"If we receive some proposals from London, we will examine them as we always do", Reynders said.

The legal skirmishes are created to prevent Johnson from substantially shortening the amount of time Parliament will be given to enact legislation that might prevent a "no-deal" Brexit, which many economists believe would damage Britain's economy.

"Next week we could see an act of parliament the government doesn't want, it may end up with a vote of no confidence in which Conservative MPs bring down their own government, or all the opposition's plans could fall apart."

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