'Absolutely not': PM Johnson denies lying to Queen Elizabeth in Brexit crisis

Strong press reaction to Scottish court's prorogation ruling

Three judges in Scotland's highest civil court, the Court of Session, ruled unanimously that Mr Johnson's decision was unlawful because it was "motivated by the improper objective of stymying Parliament" and stopping MPs holding the Government to account.

"The High Court in England plainly agrees with us but the Supreme Court will have to decide.We need a Queen's Speech, we need to get on and do all sorts of things at a national level".

In a nother upcoming case, a legal action addressed at Boris Johnson personally seeks to empower the Inner House to write to the European Union requestion an Article 50 extension on the prime minister's behalf.

A summary of the court opinion, published by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, said Mr Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament was "motivated by the improper objective of stymying Parliament".

"Not only was the advice false, but it was known by the prime minister to be false".

He went on: "We're trying to get a deal and I'm very hopeful that we will get a deal with our European friends on October 17th or 18th or thereabouts".

"I think that they are impartial, but I'm saying that many people, many Leave voters, many people up and down the country, are beginning to question the partiality of the judges".

Scotland's highest court of appeal ruled on Wednesday that the suspension was not lawful and was meant to stymie lawmakers, prompting opponents to question whether Johnson had lied to Elizabeth who must formally order the prorogation.

The unanimous ruling by three judges sitting at the Court of Session followed an appeal by a group of around 70 parliamentarians who had appealed against an earlier ruling that the prorogation was lawful.

He said the British Parliament will have time both before and after the crucial European Council summit on October 17-18 to talk about a Brexit deal.

In a dramatic judgment, the Court of Session in Edinburgh found ministers had stopped MPs from sitting for the "improper objective of stymying Parliament".

Mr Johnson sought to play down the significance of the paper, saying it represented a "worst-case scenario" and ministers had been "massively accelerating" their no-deal preparations since he entered No 10 in July.

Either way, if the Supreme Court rules that the prorogation was unlawful, it is likely that parliament will have to return very quickly, potentially in the middle of the party conference season.

Valerie Vaz, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, wrote: "In light of today's judgment that the Government misled the Queen and that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, and null and of no effect, please confirm that Parliament will be recalled without delay".

"That is within his power, and we must take the decisions when we are recalled and back actually doing the job we are sent to Parliament to do". "Central", he told the BBC.

Lord Carloway, Scotland's most senior judge, concluded that the prorogation was.

Mr Johnson said: "The British judiciary, the United Kingdom judiciary, is one of the great glories of our constitution - they are independent".



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