With UK parliament entering its fourth day of suspension, the opponents of this forceful shut down have been blaming the British prime minister, Boris Johnson of getting the approval for the same from Queen Elizabeth II by concealing the true reason.
On being called a liar, Johnson told reporters, “Absolutely not.” Johnson said that he did not lie to the Queen and suspended Parliament in order to present his policies pertaining to health care, policing and other “people’s priorities” in a new parliamentary session.
On Wednesday, ridiculing Johnson’s reasons for the suspension, Keir Starmer, Brexit spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party, said: “no one in their right mind believed Boris Johnson’s reasons for shutting down Parliament.”
The five-week suspension, which would be ending on October 14, is one of the longest in the history of Britain. On Thursday, Scottish highest civil court labelled the prorogue ‘unlawful’.
Johnson did not appear to worry about the Scottish court’s ruling and said, “The High Court in England plainly agrees with us, but the Supreme Court will have to decide.” The Supreme Court would be hearing the case next week.
It is not unusual for the ruling party to suspend the parliament, as it gives them time to introduce a new legislative programme. It is the length and timing of Jonson’s suspension proposal, which made it appear unparliamentary.
John Bercow, the Speaker of House of Commons, while expressing his concern over the country’s parliament suspension said, “this is not a standard or normal prorogation. It’s one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat.”
Since the shutdown, the opposing lawmakers have been gathering support to recall the parliament, some even staged a sit-in at the House of Commons on Wednesday, after Johnson’s suspension was proved”unlawful” by the Scottish court.
Johnson rubbished the idea of recalling the parliament and added that he has been working hard to strike a deal with the European Union before the scheduled deadline. Johnson also mentioned that if the two are not able to agree to a deal, Britain would still exit the bloc on October 31. Johnson’s claim of working hard for a deal stands questioned as to the European Parliament President David Sassoli after meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said, “The UK has not proposed any alternatives, anything that is legally credible and workable. Unfortunately, the signals we are getting aren’t indicating that there is an initiative that could reopen the negotiations.”