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London Court Rejects Offer to End Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament

LONDON – The London High Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament ahead of Brexit, but said the case could still be brought to the Supreme Court as a last resort recourse.
Johnson announced at the end of August that he would suspend parliament from mid-September to mid-October, just before Britain left the European Union on October 31, so that the government could announce a new legislative program.
This prompted activist Gina Miller, who defeated the government over another Brexit issue two years ago, to take legal action. She was later joined by former Prime Minister John Major and opposition political parties.
Miller told the press that Parliament should sit at such a crucial time for British democracy and that it will not give up the fight.
“The Supreme Court announced on September 17 its appeal to the hearing,” she said. “My legal team and I will not give up the fight for democracy.”
Miller’s lawyer, David Pannick, said Thursday that Johnson’s comments showed that an important part of his reasoning for prorogation, or suspension, was that Parliament could say or do something that impeded government regarding Brexit.
The court challenge has lost its impact after legislators voted this week to force Johnson to seek a three-month deadline for Brexit rather than leave without an agreement on October 31, an initiative likely to lead to an election.
Scotland and Northern Ireland are also facing legal challenges to Johnson’s Brexit projects.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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