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UK Supreme Court announces ruling “early next week”

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UK Supreme Court announces ruling “early next week”

The British Supreme Court will announce "early next week" the ruling on the legality of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament, the chairman of the panel, Brenda Hale, announced today.

The court of last instance has heard in recent days the arguments of the plaintiffs' lawyers and the government.

The ruling will respond to both parties' appeals to two lawsuits that had mixed results.

While the Court of Session in Edinburgh held that the suspension was "illegal" because it was intended to prevent Members from scrutinizing the work of the government, the London High Court rejected the request to cancel Parliament's suspension, which began on 10 September and is expected to last five weeks until 14 October.

The first action was brought by a group of 75 MPs and members of the House of Lords, while the second is headed by businesswoman and anti-Brexit activist Gina Miller, but has the backing of former Conservative Prime Minister John Major of the Liberal leader. Democrats, Jo Swinson, and various Labor party leaders.

Major's lawyer, Lord Edward Garnier, argued today before the 11 Supreme Court justices that Boris Johnson acted out of "political interest" and that "the reasons given in the documents presented by the prime minister cannot be true."

"Undisputed," he said the decision was "motivated by the political interest in ensuring that there is no parliamentary activity during the run-up to the EU Council of 17 and 18 October 2019", in which the process of ' Brexit '.

On this third and final day of hearings, the Court also heard the arguments of the Welsh and Scottish governments and the Irish human rights activist Raymond McCord, who all contest the legality of the suspension.

Scottish Government attorney James Wolffe argued that “no substantive justification” was given for the exceptionally long duration of the suspension.

The prime minister defended the ruling, saying he needed to start a legislative session to present the government's program, but did not say what he would do if the judges declared the suspension illegal, telling the BBC on Monday that “he will wait and see what they say".

Theresa May's successor, who took office at the end of July, has reiterated his commitment to complete Brexit by 31 October, with or without agreement.

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