Eleven Supreme Court justices will be in charge of hearing, from this Tuesday (17.09.2019) and for three days, the parties’ allegations of the controversial parliamentary suspension, which will remain until the next October 14, days before «Brexit,» October 31.
The two appeals on which the Supreme Court must rule – one from Scotland and one from England – have come to different opinions on the legality of the suspension, as the Scot called it illegal and the Englishman did not.
Last week, the Scottish Court of Appeal concluded that the action of the Executive, who advised Queen Elizabeth II to close the legislative chambers until October, was illegal and motivated by the purpose of obstructing Parliament.
The Scottish case had been brought by a group of more than 70 MPs, including Scottish nationalist politician Joanna Cherry, Liberal Democratic Party leader Jo Swinson, several independent and Labour MPs, as well as «The Good Law Project» , an association contrary to Brexit.
Following that ruling, the Conservative Johnson Government decided to appeal to the Supreme Court.
In parallel, the High Court of London, on the other hand, recently considered that the Prime Minister’s measure was not unlawful and responded to a decision of a political nature.
The English case was handled by well-known businesswoman Ginna Miller, supported by former Conservative British Prime Minister John Major, who have decided to appeal to the Supreme.
Given the constitutional importance of appeals, the Supreme has decided to raise from 9 to 11 the judges who will be in charge of these important judicial sessions, which will end on Thursday, although the ruling may be made known on another date.
The Westminster Parliament was suspended at the end of the sessions on Monday 9 September, after MPs managed to process a law requiring the Johnson government to request an extension of the «Brexit» if it does not get a settlement with the European Union (EU) by 19 October.
However, the prime minister has insisted that he is unwilling to request an extension of the British withdrawal and that, first, he would rather be «dead in a ditch.»
Johnson, who came to power last July following Theresa May’s resignation, hopes to seal a pact with the EU during the European Council meeting on 17 October.