Boris Johnson 'deceived Queen and should resign'

Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session

Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session

The Government said it was "disappointed" by the decision by the Scottish judges and would be appealing to the UK's Supreme Court.

Boris Johnson is resisting growing demands to recall Parliament after an explosive ruling by Scotland's top court that he had broken the law and misled the Queen by shutting down the Commons for five weeks.

In contrast, the High Court judges - issuing the reasons for their ruling in the case brought by businesswoman Gina Miller - said on Wednesday that it was "not a matter for the courts".

The Prime Minister had "abused his power" by having taken "a ceremonial function of the crown and weaponised it for ultra-partisan ends".

Meanwhile, the leader of the Scottish National Party (S.N.P.), Ian Blackford, has written to Prime Minister Johnson demanding that he recall parliament in light of the ruling in Scotland.

"If it were to be the case that the Government had misled the Queen about the reasons for suspending Parliament and the motives for it - that would be a very serious matter indeed".

The court will accordingly make an order declaring that the Prime Minister's advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.

At the hearing, Judge Lord Carloway told the court: "We are of the opinion that the advice given by the Government to Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue Parliament was unlawful and that the prorogation itself was unlawful".

Mr Johnson said he would not "quarrel or criticise" the judges in the case as he insisted they are independent, after media reports quoted a Downing Street source suggesting judges were not impartial. The controversy will come to a head next week at the UK's Supreme Court in London.

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"Indeed my view would be that it would be the moment for Mr. Johnson to resign and very swiftly".

Jolyon Maugham QC, the anti-Brexit barrister who was second petitioner in the case, said the Supreme Court would hear the case next week.

The Queen gave consent for parliament being prorogued after being told Mr Johnson just wanted to launch new legislation at the beginning of a new session, with a break before it began.

In another major development Wednesday night, the government refused to publish details of internal discussions about the suspension, or prorogation of the House of Commons despite Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to force the release.

A summary of the court opinion, published by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, said Mr Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament was "motivated by the improper goal of stymying Parliament".

The minority Liberal Democrats also called for parliament to be restored, with its Brexit spokesman Tom Brake accusing Johnson of "trampling on the very values and principles the United Kingdom was founded upon".

Mr Lammy wants both Mr Johnson and his advisor Dominic Cummings to leave.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said: "We've got a court saying the advice that went to the Queen was unlawful". They also claimed "proroguing Parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering" the government's "domestic legislative agenda".

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