Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

Boris Johnson rings the Queen from New York after Supreme Court ruling | UK | News

A Government source said the Prime Minister spoke to the Queen from the UN General Assembly in New York but refused to say if he apologised to her. Mr Johnson also had a 30-minute telephone call with his Cabinet to update them.

It comes after the Supreme Court ruled Mr Johnson’s advice to the monarch to prorogue Parliament was unlawful in a major blow to his Brexit strategy.

Announcing the result, the court’s president Lady Hale said the Government’s advice to the Queen 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”.

She said the prolonged suspension of parliamentary democracy took place in the “quite exceptional circumstances” of the UK’s impending exit from the EU on October 31.

She added: “Parliament, and in particular the House of Commons as the elected representatives of the people, has a right to a voice in how that change comes about.

“The effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”

Following the result, Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that MPs would return to Westminster on Wednesday with the House sitting at 11.30am.

The devastating ruling prompted demands for the Prime Minister to quit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it had shown Mr Johnson’s “contempt for democracy” and his “abuse of power”.

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He said: “I have the utmost respect for our judiciary, I don’t think this was the right decision, I think that the prorogation has been used for centuries without this kind of challenge.

“I think the most important thing is we get on and deliver Brexit on October 31, and clearly the claimants in this case are determined to frustrate that and to stop that.

“I think it would be very unfortunate if Parliament made that objective which the people want more difficult but we will get on.”

The Supreme Court ruling arose out of separate legal challenges in England and Scotland, in which leading judges reached different conclusions.

The High Court in London found the prorogation was “purely political” and not a matter for the courts.

But the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled it was unlawful because it was for “the improper purpose of stymieing Parliament”.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had advised the Prime Minister that the suspension would be lawful.

An Attorney General’s Office spokesman said: “We are disappointed that in the end the Supreme Court took a different view. We respect the judgment of the Supreme Court.”

The Prime Minister had the support of US President Donald Trump who said Mr Johnson is “not going anywhere” as they met at the United Nations.


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