Scottish court rules closing United Kingdom was illegal

Headache Boris Johnson’s team have refused demand to reveal private messages

"So, 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".

A panel of 3 judges in the Court of Session ruled in favor of a cross-party set of politicians that contested the prime minister's movement, saying that the authority's information mentioned while looking for the prorogation arrangement is unlawful.

But three judges at the Inner House, the supreme civil court in Scotland, disagreed with Lord Doherty's ruling on Wednesday.

All three First Division judges have decided that the PM's advice to the HM the Queen is justiciable, that it was motivated by the improper goal of stymying Parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful...

With tensions rising, Dominic Grieve, the former Tory cabinet minister, who had the whip withdrawn by Johnson last week, said the prime minister must resign if it turns out that he had given her the wrong advice.

Clive Lewis said: "I am going to be discussing this with others; but there is an argument that that judgment now stands, and that the prorogation is illegal; and until it's challenged and a new judgment is made in a higher court, the prorogation has no legal basis". The conflicting judgments will be settled at a three-day Supreme Court hearing starting on Tuesday - and No.10 will not reopen parliament in the meantime.

However, prorogation has reduced the opportunities for MPs to scrutinise the Government - and has cut short the time remaining to debate Brexit in the Commons before October 31.

"It is absolutely central to our constitution that the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Queen is one of the utmost confidentiality and the utmost good faith".

In this time the prime minister says he wants to strike a new deal with the European Union over Brexit, on which he will then bring back to Parliament for a vote in October.

Raphael Hogarth, an associate at the Institute for Government, said: "If the Supreme Court rules next week that the prorogation was unlawful, then I'd expect Parliament to be sitting again in very short order".

Tim Roache, the general secretary of the GMB, said: "Shutting down parliament for your own ends at a time of national crisis, when people's jobs and livelihoods are on the line, beggars belief".

"The prime minister needs to heed this warning, get MPs back to Westminster and sort out the mess we're in".

The court is likely to make a ruling later in the week.

Manuel Cortes, head of the TSSA, called for Johnson to be arrested.

Parliament last week passed a law requiring Johnson to seek an extension to the October 31 deadline for Britain's exit, essentially taking no-deal off the table.

"[Put] shortly, prorogation was being mooted specifically as a means to stymie any further legislation regulating Brexit".

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