The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnston’s suspension of Parliament in September for 5 weeks until October 19th 2019 was unlawful.
What Does This Mean
As the suspension was illegal. it means that Parliament is NOT suspended.
What Happens Now
It seems that several things could happen:
- The speaker of the House of Commons and the Speaker of the House of Lords can get together to recall Parliament, as it was not suspended;
- The Prime Minister may have an option to suspend Parliament again, as an executive function, that is, not asking the Queen to sign the order;
- The previous session may be reinstated or there may need to be a Queen’s Speech, signalling a new Parliamentary session, which means that any legislation that was going through Parliament when it was prorogued (suspended) will be lost.
It’s all “Wait and See”.
The speaker of the House of Commons has called on Parliament to reconvene at 11.30am on Wednesday 25th of September 2019. You can read the latest news on this.
Updated 27 September 2019
Parliament reconvened and it seems that the previous session has continued, as if it had not been suspended. There have been some noisy scenes in the house, with some members attempting to shout others down and some very bad tempered repartee. It is currently a “wait and see” game, with each side trying to ensure that is is not outfoxed.