Boris firm on Brexit despite SC snub over House suspension

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists he would deliver Brexit on October 31 even after the Supreme Court, above, on Tuesday ruled his decision to suspend parliament late last month as unlawful.

Johnson, who was attending meetings at the UN, said he disagreed with the court’s ruling. He also ignored calls by opposition parties to resign.

In a unanimous decision, the 11-judge bench of the apex court said the prime minister’s advice to Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue parliament was unlawful, void and ineffective.

The prorogation prevented parliament from carrying out its normal role, it said.

Responding to the ruling, Speaker John Bercow said the House of Commons will resume session on Wednesday.

Unfazed by the ruling, Johnson said it is important to deliver Brexit on October 31 while continuing efforts to secure a deal with EU.

The parliament was suspended for weeks to clear the way for the announcement of a new government work programme, he said.

His critics, however, viewed the suspension of parliament as an unconstitutional move to block discussions on Brexit and deliver a no-deal exit from the European bloc.

Some of the political leaders said Johnson has no moral right to continue as prime minister after the Supreme Court ruling.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the court ruling proves Johnson has misled the country and he must resign.

Scottish National Party’s leader in the British parliament Ian Blackford said Johnson had been lying on Brexit all along and the court ruling has exposed him.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, said the court ruling confirmed Johnson is not fit to be prime minister.

He misled queen and country and unlawfully silenced the people’s representatives, Swinson said.

Amber Rudd, who quit Johnson’s cabinet earlier this month, said members were not shown the legal advice on the suspension.

Gina Miller, a businesswoman who fought legal battles against Brexit, said Johnson must apologise to the queen for misleading her. MPs must get back to the Commons and hold him to account.

EU lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt said the court ruling on parliament suspension proves rule of law is alive and kicking in the UK.