Brexit in chaos after court rules PM’s suspension of parliament was unlawful Sep 12, 2019 0 265 12345 REUTERSLONDONPrime Minister Boris Johnson’s suspension of the British parliament was unlawful, a court ruled on Wednesday, prompting immediate calls for lawmakers to return to work as the government and parliament battle over the future of Brexit.Scotland’s highest court of appeal ruled against Johnson’s decision to prorogue, or suspend, parliament from Monday until Oct 14 -- a blow for the government as it seeks to leave the European Union on Oct 31 with or without a deal.With seven weeks to go, the government and parliament are locked in conflict over the future of Brexit, with possible outcomes ranging from leaving without a deal to another referendum that could cancel the divorce.“We are calling for parliament to be recalled immediately,” said Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who led the legal challenge, after Scotland’s Court of Session ruled the prorogation should be annulled.“You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson.” The government will appeal against the ruling to the Supreme Court, the United Kingdom’s highest judicial body, and an official said Johnson believed parliament remained suspended pending a decision by that court.In a Facebook broadcast Johnson read out a submitted question from a voter, which said he was running an authoritarian government and asked “Why is home-grown authoritarianism better than EU rule?” In answer, he said: “I must respectfully disagree with you in your characterization of this government. What we are trying to do is implement the result of the 2016 referendum.” Still, a group of opposition lawmakers gathered outside the 800-year-old Palace of Westminster demanding its recall.Johnson announced on Aug. 28 that parliament would be prorogued, saying the government wanted the suspension so it could then launch a new legislative agenda.Opponents said the real reason was to shut down debate and challenges to his Brexit plans. The court was shown documents that showed Johnson was considering prorogation weeks before he formally asked Queen Elizabeth to suspend the legislature.Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the ruling, saying it was a matter for the government.Dominic Grieve, one of 21 Brexit rebels thrown out of Johnson’s Conservative Party last week, said that if Johnson had misled the queen, he should resign. RELATED ARTICLES Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits Sep 12, 2019 0 377 Embattled Trudeau launches federal election campaigning in Canada Sep 12, 2019 0 1512 Poland suspends parliament’s session until just after election on October 13 Sep 12, 2019 0 232 Greece to sell 30% Athens airport stake AFP Athens Greece will seek a buyer for a 30-percent stake in Athens International Airport, the finance minister said on Wednesday, amid a privatisation push by the country’s new conservative government. “We will .. Britain intercepts 21 migrants in English Channel London: British authorities on Wednesday intercepted two small boats in the English Channel carrying 21 migrants, one of whom required hospital treatment, the latest in a spate of attempted crossings. The operation .. UK to let foreign students stay two years after graduation post-Brexit London: Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom .. US backs proposed $6.5 bn sale of 32 F-35 Lockheed jets to Poland REUTERS WASHINGTON The US State Department said on Wednesday it had approved a proposed sale of 32 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets worth $6.5 billion to Poland. In April, the Pentagon told Congress it was .. German Chancellor Merkel still sees ‘every chance’ of orderly Brexit BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Britain could still leave the European Union with a deal but if that proved not to be the case then Berlin was prepared for a disorderly Brexit. “We still have .. Climate activists hope to bring US capital to standstill on Sept 23 WASHINGTON: Environmental groups, including Extinction Rebellion, said on Wednesday they plan to shut down traffic in Washington, DC, on September 23 and bring daily life to a standstill to demand action by US .. Portugal condemns ‘dictatorship museum’ proposal LISBON: Portugal’s parliament voted on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the hometown of the late dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar to open a museum dedicated to his New State regime after complaints from former political .. Trump looking at five ‘highly qualified’ people to replace security adviser Bolton REUTERS WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering five “very highly qualified” people to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser. Speaking to reporters at the White House, ..