Justice Secretary will ‘respect independence’ of Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Robert Buckland has promised to abide by a Supreme Court ruling over whether Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was lawful.

The Justice Secretary told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer it would be “tempting” to predict what the Supreme Court was going to do over the next few days.

“There are lots of cross arguments because the government’s appealing the Scottish decision, [anti-Brexit campaigner] Gina Miller’s appealing the English decision, there’s even a Northern Irish decision in there that went with the government,” he said.

“What I have to be absolutely crystal clear about is the fact that we respect the independence of our judges, we’ve got to let them get on with their job.”

Mr Buckland said the government will argue prorogation was “perfectly normal and legitimate” as it brought an end to the longest parliamentary session in almost 400 years.

Earlier in the month the English High Court ruled the suspension of Parliament was “not a matter for the courts” however its Scottish counterpart said it was unlawful.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments over three days before it makes the ultimate decision on the matter. On Thursday former Prime Minister John Major will speak in favour of Ms Miller’s case.

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby was outside court to speak with anti-Brexit protesters and said the case was “important for all our futures”.

“The Prime Minister is accused of lying to the Queen - let's put it bluntly - and getting Parliament suspended without good reason and that's big potatoes, it has to be,” he said.

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