UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied all accusations of lying to the Queen over the suspension of Parliament. When asked about the lying, the Prime Minister replied: “absolutely not”. The Scottish appeal court judges had declared that PM Boris Johnson's decision to suspend the Parliament was unlawful with an intention to fast forward to the Brexit deadline. Boris Johnson had claimed to shut down the government this week for a fresh start in the next session of Parliament. The five-week suspension gives him a way-out from the lawmakers in the opposition for the exit of Britain from the European Union on October 31. The Parliament was shut down until October 14 after nearly 70 lawmakers challenged the government.
The Prime Minister's refusal of lying to the Queen comes amidst the ruling from the Court of Session in Edinburgh where his decision to suspend the Parliament has the purpose of stymieing the Parliament. The case was accelerated yesterday when the government published a document showing the repercussions of a hard exit. It could lead to shortages of food, medicines, major travel disruptions, and gives a scope of riots in the country as well. The panel of three was set up for the hearing of the case and according to the judges, the suspension of the parliament is an interference to “restrict the Parliament” by the UK Prime Minister. According to one of the judges, Philip Brodie, the recent development by the PM is just to allow the executive to go ahead with a policy of no-deal Brexit without the interference of lawmakers. Moreover, judges have declared the suspension as “null and of no effect”. Edinburgh had previously rejected the challenge by the lawmakers saying that it was a matter for politicians however, it was changed due to an appeal on September 11.
Boris Johnson had claimed to shut down the government this week, for a fresh start in the next session of Parliament. The five-week suspension gives him a way-out from the lawmakers in the opposition for the exit of Britain from the European Union on October 31. The Prime Minister has also denied that he was being “anti-democratic”. He also believes that there's nothing more democratic in a country than a general election and the members who disagree with them, can take his offer that he has made twice. After losing the majority in the Parliament, Boris Johnson fired Dominic Grieve. Grieve was one of the 21 lawmakers of the Conservative group who voted against the no-deal Brexit. He also said there can be a possibility that the Prime Minister mislead the Queen. Moreover, the Prime Minister believes that there's a need for an address by the Queen and initiate the things on a national level.
The lawmakers from the opposition believe that Parliament must be back in session. Last week, the members of the Parliament were sent home, overruling the objections of House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow. They also held up the signs saying “silenced”. The Labour Party Brexit spokesperson, Keir Starmer believes that the Prime Minister should do the right thing and reopen the Parliament. They should return to their jobs and then decide on further plans.
(With inputs from AP)