Friday, 13 September 2019 18:10 WIB |
Britain™s Prime Minister Boris Johnson flatly denied Thursday that he lied to Britain™s monarch when asking Queen Elizabeth to suspend parliament for five weeks in the run-up to a Brexit deadline ” a controversial suspension that™s being challenged in the country™s courts and drawing reluctant judges deep into political waters.
Asked if he had lied to the Queen when advising her to prorogue [suspend] Parliament, and whether he had misled her about his reasons for wanting a suspension, he replied: œAbsolutely not.
He said it was œnonsense to suggest the prorogation was anything out of the ordinary or a bid to undermine democracy.
His comments came hours after after a three-judge Scottish court ruled that his government's advice to the Queen, which led to the five-week prorogation that started Monday, was œunlawful because it basically disguised the government™s true reason for wanting a parliamentary shutdown.
The Scottish ruling sent shock waves through Britain™s already Brexit-battered political system and has set the stage for a dramatic legal showdown on Tuesday.
This is when the country™s Supreme Court will have to decide whether the Scottish ruling is correct ” or whether instead to uphold two opposed rulings from English and Northern Irish courts, which both held the parliamentary suspension lawful.
Source : VOA