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Proroguing parliament is unlawful abuse of power, court told
MPs seek interdiction in Scotland as challenges also filed in Belfast and London
Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament is an unlawful abuse of power, a Scottish court has heard in the first of three legal challenges.

Aidan O'Neill QC, acting for a cross-party group of 75 MPs and peers, told a court in Edinburgh that the prime minister had trampled on more than 400 years of constitutional law by asking the Queen to prorogue parliament solely for political gain.
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The hearing on Thursday morning was arranged at short notice in response to Johnson's decision on Wednesday to suspend parliament early next month. Two other legal challenges were urgently filed in Belfast and London on Thursday.

Doherty said he would rule on the application on Friday morning. If it is upheld, O'Neill believes Johnson will be forced to reverse the decision to prorogue parliament pending an appeal.
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The high court in Belfast held a hearing for an emergency injunction brought by Raymond McCord, a victims' rights campaigner who has argued that a no-deal Brexit would be a breach of the Good Friday agreement.
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"We are seeking an urgent injunction to compel Johnson to reverse his advice to the Queen to prorogue parliament," McCord's lawyer, Ciaran O'Hare, said after the 20-minute hearing.

Northern Ireland's lord chief justice, Sir Declan Morgan, interrupted his summer holiday to hear the prima facie arguments. He instructed O'Hare and the government's defence barrister to return on Friday at 10am for a full hearing with expanded legal arguments.

In London, Gina Miller, the campaigner who mounted a successful legal challenge in 2016 to Theresa May's attempts to use crown prerogative powers to invoke article 50, lodged papers seeking a judicial review, which is expected to be heard next week.

Three different suits in three different courts with three different legal theories. A favorable ruling on any one would produce problems for Boris.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 29th, 2019 at 08:31:18 PM EST

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