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Prime Minister denies lying to the Queen over parliament prorogation

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
12th Sep 19 11:16 am

On Wednesday a Scottish court ruled that the prorogation of parliament was “unlawful” and “improper” by three top judges.

The judges said that Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament was done with “the purpose of stymying parliament,” and the prorogation was therefore “null and of no effect.”

However, Johnson was asked on Thursday whilst visiting HMS Belfast, had he lied to HM Queen, he said “absolutely not.”

Johnson said, “The High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide.

“We need a Queen’s Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level.”

He added, “Parliament will have time, both before and after that crucial summit on 17 and 18 October.

“I’m very hopeful that we will get a deal, as I say, at that crucial summit. We’re working very hard… I think we can see the rough area of a landing space, of how you do it. It will be tough, it will be hard, but I think we can get there.”

On Wednesday Mishcon de Reya lawyers who represent Gina Miller sent a letter to the government legal department, saying, “The Scottish court has ruled that the current prorogation of parliament is unlawful and declared that it is unlawful. We understand that no application has been made to stay that ruling.”

The prorogation of parliament is therefore meaningless.

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