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Scottish court says prorogation of UK Parliament unlawful

By Earle Gale in London | | Updated: 2019-09-11 18:47

A panel of three senior Scottish judges ruled on Wednesday morning that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's controversial five-week closure of the United Kingdom's Parliament is unlawful, throwing the future of the prorogation of the lawmaking chamber and Brexit into doubt.

The Court of Session, Scotland's most senior civil court, ruled in favor of a cross-party group of British politicians who had challenged the prime minister's self-declared closure of Parliament, saying it was undemocratic.

Wednesday's decision overturns an earlier ruling from the court made last week that declared Johnson had not broken the law.

The BBC said the latest decision is not likely to herald the immediate return of members of Parliament to Westminster.

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