Prime Minister denies lying to Queen to prorogue Parliament

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament in the early hours of Tuesday

A legal challenge that argued the government's Brexit strategy would damage the Northern Ireland peace process was dismissed on Thursday.

What was the Court of Session case about? They ruled that the matter was "non-justiciable" because it was essentially a political question.

"Within the world of politics, the well-recognised phenomena of claim and counter-claim, assertion and counter-assertion, allegation and denial, blow and counter-blow, adjustment and modification of government policy, public statements, unpublished deliberations, posturing, strategy and tactics are the very essence of what is both countenanced and permitted in a democratic society".

"We have uncovered more and more evidence that this was a plot by Boris Johnson and his cronies to prevent us from stopping them taking Scotland and the United Kingdom off a Brexit cliff edge by forcing through a damaging no deal against the will of Parliament".

"We are disappointed by today's decision, and will appeal to the U.K. Supreme Court", said a government spokesman.

The judges said the decision to prorogue and the advice given to the Queen were "inherently political in nature" and that there were "no legal standards against which to judge their legitimacy".

BORIS JOHNSON was accused of lying to the Queen after judges ruled he unlawfully suspended parliament to shut down debate on Brexit.

He was asked whether he lied to the monarch after the Court of Session in Edinburgh said advice given by ministers to the Queen which led to the five-week prorogation was "unlawful".

He referred the matter to the UK Supreme Court for resolution.

"The court agreed it is unlawful to suspend the UK Parliament for the specific objective of preventing Parliament from scrutinising the Brexit process and holding this shambolic Tory Government's extreme Brexit plans to account", she said.

"The onus is on Mr Johnson to demonstrate that he acted properly in advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament", the editorial says.

The Government immediately announced it was lodging an appeal against the ruling with the Supreme Court, with a hearing set for Tuesday.

The paper adds that the Scottish ruling does not compel the Government to recall Parliament, as opposition figures are demanding, but that to "press on regardless of the state of judicial opinion would be damaging for British public life, and possibly terminally so for Mr Johnson's premiership".

The conservative Telegraph, however, says the Scottish ruling is a risky development, calling on the Supreme Court to overrule it next week when the Government appeals.

Some titles say it shows Boris Johnson is unfit to be Prime Minister, others that a judicial ruling on an action by the Government marks an entry into "murky" constitutional waters.

MORE: Legal bid could empower Scottish court to extend Article 50 on Boris Johnson's behalf The case, brought by Ecotricity entrepreneur Dale Vince with Joanna Cherry QC MP and Jolyon Maugham, follows the anti-no deal Benn Act which legally obliges the government to either secure a deal with the European Union by October 19 or request an extension.

Its editorial highlighted the judges' view that prorogation, which required the Queen's assent, was a move to stymie Parliament, and not to push through the Government's legislative package as claimed.

"We believe there is too much rigidity and this rigidity is something that's been rectified into the date of the 31 October".

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