London court rejects bid to stop Boris Johnson from suspending UK parliament

Aisha Mahmood September 6, 2019

London’s high court rejected on Friday a legal challenge over British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend UK Parliament.

In a verdict handed down by three of the most senior judges in England and Wales, the court has rejected businesswoman and anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller’s petition. The bench ruled that Johnson has acted lawfully by advising the Queen to suspend parliament, international media reported.

Lord Justice Burnett said that Miller could approach the Supreme Court for an appeal. The appeal is expected to be heard at the SC on September 17.

Speaking outside the court, Miller said she was very disappointed by the verdict. “My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy,” she vowed. However, she added, she was pleased that the bench allowed them to appeal to the SC.

On August 28, Johnson requested the Queen to suspend the UK parliament from mid-September. His request was approved by the Queen, which means no debates and votes will now be held. The British PM has vowed to leave the European Union on October 31.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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