Protesters picketed outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Friday, where a decision was made to deny an application for an emergency order seeking to prevent UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson from shutting down the UK parliament ahead of Brexit.

"If we do not ultimately win this case what does it say about the British constitution that a prime minister with a majority of one and with no majority for a no-deal Brexit can simply suspend Parliament to get what he wants? That's what happens in dictatorships," said MP Joanna Cherry who had launched the court case to challenge the suspension of Parliament.

"So if we don't ultimately win this case, it will simply fuel the case for Scottish independence which has already been made and has already convinced the majority of Scots that it is a good case and the time to act on that is coming soon," she added.

The five-week parliamentary break prompted by Johnson's decision would sharply curtail the opportunities for Members of Parliament to draft anti-no deal and anti-Brexit legislation with parliamentarians expected to sit for only a little over a week from September 3rd, and expected not to return until October 14 for the Queen's speech.

The move by Johnson was condemned as a "constitutional outrage" by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party will put forward legislation to prevent parliament being suspended.


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NBA 17 Oct 2019 05:43 CEST