Boris Johnson under pressure to resign as Supreme Court rules decision to prorogue UK parliament as unlawful
Boris Johnson is facing multiple calls to resign as a result of the historic ruling.
The Supreme Court, the highest court in the United Kingdom, has ruled that the decision of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament was unlawful.
On Tuesday, Lady Hale, president of the court, revealed the unanimous decision of all 11 justices was that parliament had not been prorogued and that the decision was null and of no effect.
"The effect on the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme," Lady Hale said.
In late August, Boris Johnson formally advised The Queen to prorogue parliament, which came into effect in early September, with parliament not due to reconvene until 14 October.
The decision was the subject of two subsequent appeals, as critics said it was designed to limit scrutiny of the government’s dealings on Brexit in the lead-up to Britain’s scheduled exit from the European Union on 31 October.
Having announced the judgement of the Supreme Court on the appeals, Lady Hale said it was for the Speakers of the House of Lords and the House of Commons to decide what to do next.
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has since said that Parliament must convene as a matter of urgency and that he will speak to party leaders on the matter as soon as possible.
Following the Supreme Court judgement, there have been calls for Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister, including from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who invited him to "consider his position".
The Supreme Court judgement in full can be read here.