Advice given by Prime Minister Johnson to Her Majesty the Queen on 27th or 28th August, that Parliament should be prorogued from a date between 9th and 12th September until 14th October, has been ruled unlawful.
In a devastating judgment for Boris, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled his five-week suspension of Parliament illegal.
“Not only did he lose on every legal point, and do so unanimously, but also the justices in effect implied that he had misled the queen when seeking her agreement to the suspension with advice that ‘was unlawful, void and of no effect.’”
Boris had told the Queen that the suspension was necessary to prepare for a new legislative session to start on October 14th.
The court ruled it was impossible to conclude there had been any reason "let alone a good reason – to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament for five weeks".
Delivering the justices' conclusions, Supreme Court president Lady Hale said: "The decision to advise Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification."
The Supreme Court ruling says the PM’s actions obstructed parliamentary scrutiny, declaring: “The effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”
Lady Hale said the unanimous decision of the 11 justices meant Parliament had effectively not been prorogued.
A senior government official said the prime minister spoke to the Queen after the Supreme Court ruling, but would not reveal the details of the conversation.