Sinn Fein has said that the British government has suffered a “meltdown moment” as the British prime minister is facing calls to resign.
Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill said that Boris Johnson has lost control of his own agenda and called on him to resign.
She said, “What this demonstrates for me is more of the chaos, the dysfunction, the mess that is happening and unfolding day on day in Westminster.
“It clearly again demonstrates that this British government has lost control of its own agenda.
“It is a constitutional crisis, we have been saying that for some time and I believe this is another one of those meltdown moments for this British government.”
Colum Eastwood the nationalist SDLP leader said today’s ruling confirmed that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully and that he is unfit for office.
Eastwood said, “Today’s ruling at the Supreme Court confirms that he acted unlawfully to undermine the democratic accountability and scrutiny of his government at a critical time for these islands.
“Full scrutiny of this government and its plans for a hard Brexit must now be restored and challenged immediately.
“Johnson must be removed from office and Brexit called to a halt.
“The best way to do that is through an election.
“Let people have their say on the actions of this Tory/DUP government.”
Arlene Foster the DUP leader said, “We have always respected the principle of the separation of powers upon which our constitutional law is founded.
“Therefore, the judgment of the Supreme Court has to be respected.
“Our focus must remain: – Defend the Union – Deliver Brexit – Restore Devolution.”