A Scottish court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans today, ruling that his decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the UK is due to leave the European Union was an unlawful attempt to avoid democratic scrutiny.
The government immediately said it would appeal, as the political opposition demanded Johnson reverse the suspension and recall lawmakers to Parliament.
With Brexit due in 50 days, the court ruling deepened Britain’s political deadlock. Johnson insists the country must leave the EU on October 31, with or without a divorce deal to smooth the way. But many lawmakers fear a no-deal Brexit would be economically devastating, and are determined to stop him.
In a surprise judgement, justices at Scotland’s highest civil court said the government’s action was illegal “because it had the purpose of stymieing Parliament.”