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Scottish court rules UK PM's suspension of parliament 'unlawful'

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks after the announcement of the result of the vote in the Parliament in London, Britain, Spetember 3, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP London Sep 11, 2019, 03.19 PM (IST)

Scotland's appeal court on Wednesday ruled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament this month was "unlawful".

Johnson's advice to Queen Elizabeth II that parliament be prorogued from this week until 14 October "was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying parliament", a summary of the judgement said.

Meanwhile, the British government said it would appeal the court ruling.

"We are disappointed by today's decision, and will appeal to the UK Supreme Court," a British government spokesman said in a statement, calling the suspension "legal and necessary".

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Johnson's advice to Queen Elizabeth II that parliament be prorogued from this week until 14 October "was unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying parliament", a summary of the judgement said.