‘Historic times’: Politicians react to Supreme Court ruling

Number 10 has said the PM will not resign

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The UK’s constitution has today been put to the test as the Supreme Court judged that the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful in a landmark ruling.

Supreme Court president Lady Hale delivered the unanimous verdict of 11 justices in Britain’s highest court, which stated that Boris Johnson’s request for the Queen to prorogue Parliament was “void and of no effect”.

Many opposition MPs hailed the historic ruling as a victory for democracy.

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “I’m very proud that in the UK we have an independent judiciary...they have ruled that the Prime Minister was completely out of order in proroguing Parliament – well done I say.”

WATCH: talkRADIO's Mike Graham clashes with Alastair Campbell over the ruling

However, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has called the judgment "an absolute disgrace".

Pressed on whether Boris Johnson should resign, Mr Bridgen said: "No, we need Boris to be strong."

The Prime Minister, who is currently at the UN General Assembly in New York, said that althought he has “utmost respect for the judiciary”, he “strongly disagrees” with the decision.

A Downing Street spokesperson has said the Prime Minister will not resign, despite numerous calls to do so.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Mr Johnson to “consider his position” while Liberal Democrat chief Jo Swinson said he “isn’t fit to be Prime Minister”.

Meanwhile, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage placed the blame upon Mr Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings, tweeting: "The calling of a Queen's Speech and prorogation is the worst political decision ever. Dominic Cummings must go."

But if politicians could agree on one thing, it was that the country has seen unprecedented scenes unfold in the Parliament Square court.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted a picture of her cabinet gathered around a television to watch the ruling, in what she described as “historic times”.

Lib Dem shadow foreign secretary Chuka Umunna told Matthew Wright that the nation had become “numb” to this period of political turbulence.

“Legally and politically, what happened today was unprecedented…the extraordinary has become normal - this is not normal,” he told talkRADIO.

Parliament will resume tomorrow, at the call of Speaker John Bercow - but many MPs could not wait to get back to the chamber.

Boris Johnson will fly back to the UK overnight ahead of Parliament’s return.

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