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"This court has ... concluded that the prime minister's advice to Her Majesty [ to suspend parliament] was unlawful, void and of no effect. This means that the Order in Council to which it led was also unlawful, void and of no effect should be quashed.

"This means that when the royal commissioners walked into the House of Lords [to prorogue parliament] it was as if they walked in with a blank sheet of paper. The prorogation was also void and of no effect. Parliament has not been prorogued."

Hale continued: "It is for parliament, and in particular the Speaker and the Lord Speaker to decide what to do next. Unless there is some parliamentary rule of which we are unaware, they can take immediate steps to enable each house to meet as soon as possible. It is not clear to us that any step is needed from the prime minister, but if it is, the court is pleased that his counsel have told the court that he will take all necessary steps to comply with the terms of any declaration made by this court."

From the full text of the verdict h/t Guardian. (emphasis mine)

Not much Boris can do about this. Seeking a new prorogation is surely doomed to failure. Parliament will re-convene, possibly tomorrow.

There will be many calls for Boris's resignation. He probably won't listen. "If you want to get me out, vote no confidence, sweeties." That is of course the road to a general election and a likely new Tory majority (with Farage?).

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 11:05:38 AM EST
I think at this point some work around can be found. Parliament has already passed an act requiring the PM to send a specific form letter to the EU requesting an extension of the Brexit deadline. The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament is supreme in these matters over the PM when Parliament has a majority opposed to the PM.

So Parliament could, on a point of order, again seize control of the agenda and pass another bill requiring the letter to be sent at an earlier date certain, the earliest feasible, within three days of royal assent to the bill. In view of Boris Johnson's stated refusal to comply with the existing legislation and his proven history of lying, this would be a reasonable precaution. Failing forthcoming action by Johnson Parliament could find him in contempt. At that point several options appear.

Parliament could vote to arrest Johnson and his cabinet, at least Dominic Cummings and Jacob Rees Moog - and confine them in the Tower of London if need be. This would follow in the English constitutional tradition of Parliament making law in exigent circumstances.

Parliament could vote no confidence in the PM, but not in the government, again claiming exigent circumstances. They could follow this with a vote of confidence in an interim PM, to serve until new elections could be held.

PM Boris Johnson has, in effect, claimed the prerogatives of a monarch, so it is back to the days of Charles I and the first Long Parliament. Monarchs used to claim the right to find the law. That right was seized by Parliament in the 1640s. The recently formed Supreme Court of the UK has ruled unanimously in favor of Parliament in this instance. Act with alacrity and there will be time for them to rule again if necessary.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 24th, 2019 at 05:28:00 PM EST
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How did Labour screw up so badly that working people reject them for the Elitist Tories?

I ubderstand how this happened in the USA, but did Britain follow the same Neoliberal an-native anti-white anti-union pro-bank path?

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Sep 26th, 2019 at 06:15:43 PM EST
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Britain is patient zero.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Sep 26th, 2019 at 06:21:17 PM EST
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