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Supreme Court has ruled that suspension of Parliament was unlawful

24 September 2019

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament from week of 9th September until 14 October was unlawful, void, and of no effect, on the basis that:

  • The Court has the juridiction to rule on the existence and limits of prerogative power
  • The advice to the Queen to prorogue if it prevents Parliament to conduct its duties without reasonable justification is unlawful
  • Justifications for the "extreme effect" of the prorogation has not been put forward

Parliament is expected to reconvene 25th September.   Read president of the court Lady Hale's statement here >